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Fire Destroys Al-Ray Al'am Office; YJS Holds Elections next October
  Written By: Moneer Al-Omari ( YEMEN POST STAFF ) 
  Article Date:
September 01, 2008



The Editor in Chief of Al-Ray Al’am (Public Opinion) newspaper Kamal Al-Olfi revealed that his newspaper's office was set into fire by anonymous elements last Friday.

Al-Olfi mentioned in a press release  that the fire was casued by petrol, which was poured outside the office's door, therefore, setting the entire office on fire, hinting some of the office equipments were destroyed completely.

Stressing that the paper will not change its stance, Al-Olfi accused corruption forces of standing behind the incident especially when his paper has been launching wide campaigns to criticize corruption and corrupt officials.

In its recent issues, the paper attacked the Minister of Local Administration Abdul Qader Ali Hilal and a number of commercial institutions.

For its part, Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) described the incident to be a dangerous development targeting independent newspapers. It also considered this incident to be a new way for intimidating the independent media.

The syndicate demanded Interior Ministry to launch a prompt investigation into the circumstances of the incident and to reveal those who were behind it.

In related news, YJS will hold elections next October to vote for a new council. Though these elections were supposed be conducted last June, political differences over admitting new members among the syndicate's affiliates pushed the syndicate's presidency to delay the elections.