World Press Freedom Day, on May 3 this year, comes while media freedom in Yemen experiences difficult and extremely harsh conditions.
While the Media Freedom Observatory in Yemen congratulates all journalists in the world on this occasion, it also regrets the situation suffered by journalists in Yemen, especially with death sentences against four journalists on the grounds of their journalism.
On this occasion, the Observatory is launching a campaign for abolishing death sentences against Yemeni journalists in partnership with many local and international organizations, journalists and human rights activists, and calling on all influencers to interact with it and convey the journalists’ voice.
The Observatory recalls the sacrifices of 44 Yemeni journalists who paid their lives for the truth from the end of 2014 until today, along with 17 journalists who are still abducted by the Houthi group, Al Qaeda and the Yemeni government, and who are subjected to the worst forms of psychological and physical torture.
In this context, the Observatory confirms that it will work with all available means to release the abducted journalists and to ensure that the violators of media freedom and aggressors of journalists do not enjoy impunity.
The Media Freedom Observatory reiterates its appeal for the release of the abducted journalists who have no charge but to convey the truth, and urges local and international organizations to show solidarity with the Yemeni journalists and reduce risks they face when practicing journalism and that one of the most important priorities is to lobby for dropping the death sentences against journalists.