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Article Date: February 03, 2009
Journalists Syndicate condemned Tuesday the attack against journalists
who tried to photograph a major blaze that broke out at a potato chip
and plastic factories in Sana'a.
Deputy Head of the syndicate Saeed Thabet said the confiscation of the cameras of the journalists is prohibited under law, affirming the act of the company owning the factories comes within a campaign targeting journalists and breaking law.
He urged concerned authorities with the protection of media to get back the cameras as soon as possible and refer the law violators to judiciary to be punished over unjustified acts.
The administration of the Al-Kbous Trading Company attacked journalists confiscating their cameras as a blaze broke out at two factories of the company in the Aser area, Sana'a.
Among the journalists were correspondents for the Al-Quds Al-Arabi Newspaper, Reuters, the French News Agency besides journalists for local TV channels and newspapers.
Despite efforts made since the incident to return the cameras, the company refuses to hand the cameras back for the journalists who must be there for the 66th Conference of the Gulf Cooperation Council Health Ministers being held in Sana'a.
However, a camera for the Interior Ministry has been retaken by an officer.
On Monday a major blaze broke out at two factories owned by the Al-Kbous Trading Company and which produced potato chip and plastic materials in the capital Sana'a.
The firemen had to fight for four hours until the blaze was under control.
There were no injuries but all products stored at the factories were burned.Officials at the Civil Defense said the fire lasted four hours due to combustible products and as there were no safety systems at the factories.