Reporters Without Borders: Houthis must release 10 journalists unconditionally

Reporters Without Borders: Houthis must release 10 journalists unconditionally


Ten journalists abducted by the Houthis since 2015 face the risk of execution and demand their unconditional release, Reporters Without Borders organization said in a statement on Wednesday.

"After the Houthis were arbitrarily deprived of liberty for four years and held in appalling conditions, under torture, these 10 journalists now face the risk of execution," said Sophie Anmot, who is in charge of the organization's Middle East office.

"Reporters Without Borders demands their immediate and unconditional release," she said.

It noted that some journalists continued to suffer serious physical harm due to torture, according to information gathered by the Association of Mothers of abductees, a Yemeni non-governmental organization.

She asserted that many of them had been forced to make forced confessions that had been filmed. Many of these journalists have also been starved, which explains their very deteriorating psychological situation.

According to a report by Amnesty International, the Houthis are likely to have abducted these 10 journalists on a ridiculous pretext: the fear that they might be leaking information that the Arab alliance could use in its aerial bombardment.

Yemen currently sits at 167 (out of 180 countries) on the World Press freedom rankings, published by Reporters Without Borders in 2018.


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