Yemen: Houthis Keep Targeting Journalists, Journalist Hamoud Dagsher Receives Death Threats

Cairo: 8 October 2017

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), today, condemned the death threats made to journalist (Hamoud Dagsher), deputy editor-in-chief of Yemen Nation website, by the Houthis Group and the forces supporting the deposed dictator “Ali Abdullah Saleh”, which are currently controlling Sana’a. His report that he filed last Thursday before the Yemeni Journalists’ Syndicate (YJS) included the continual threats of prosecution, disappearance and physical liquidation  by the leaders (the Houthis Group  and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh) that dominate Sana’a, in case of continuing his posts and writings on the social network websites.

Noteworthy, journalist Hammoud Dagsher was physically attacked in March 2013, and his house was stormed by the dictator “Ali Abdullah Saleh” supporters in Sana’a; after he refused sticking posters of Saleh on his car.  They, accordingly, attacked the car using sticks and hit him on the head. Then, they headed towards Dagsher’s house and threatened his family that they would set fire to their house. Apparently, the recent threats to the above journalists come under widespread violations by the different conflicting parties in Yemen, whether the Houthis and Ali Abdullah Saleh supporters or the Saudi-led coalition, against the journalists.

ANHRI renews its repeated calls for all the conflicting parties in Yemen to stop targeting journalists, as it believes that “the death threats to a journalist due to his different opinion is considered a delict needs to be condemned by the freedom of expression defenders in the Arab region and the world. These ongoing threats also represent a significant threat to the freedom of expression, particularly in Yemen that experience a severe humanitarian crisis.”

Also, ANHRI renews its calls for releasing all the journalists abducted by the Houthis and Saleh groups in Sana’a, and it holds the conflicting parties accountable for the physical safety of the abducted journalists as well as the journalists who are being threatened by those groups, as what happened to Hamoud Dagsher.