A biannual report issued by the Sana'a-based Freedom Foundation for media freedoms, rights and development (FF) has revealed that infringements against journalists and media practitioners have increased since President Abdu Rabo Mansour Hadi was elected on February 21.
The report affirmed that violations against media freedoms constantly increase, indicating that February witnessed the lowest violations in comparison with the other past months. The report reveals that the press freedom in Yemen still under risks, stressing that attacks on media expanded from government agencies to other parties in the society during this year.
It further said that the report indicates that the future of media freedom in serious danger, calling on the Yemeni president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and government to play a vital role in improving the situation of press freedom and freedom of expression in Yemen as an essential principle for democracy.
Meanwhile, the Attorney General ordered on Tuesday to investigate some Yemeni newspapers and news websites on ground of publishing articles about the presidential mosque event occurred last year.
The Attorney-General Ali Al-Awash had directed the Press and Print Court last Tuesday to investigate Alyaman Alyawan Newspapers (Yemen Today) and news website of Braqish Net and Marib Press on charges of violating a publication ban.
FF also voices its deep concerns about subsequent moves and numerous attempts to crack down press freedom and undermine its available margin, pointing out that journalists are subjected to harassments and procedures that may reduce their ability to post news and reveal realities.