Sana'a (23 April 2013):
Freedom Foundation for media freedom, rights and development expressed its extreme concern about the critical situation facing journalists in the province of Aden, where the areas of the province has often become a dangerous situation for practicing journalism.
Freedom Foundation stated that the violations affecting journalists of various specializations, orientations and fields in the province of Aden, became a cause for concern and give serious indicators that journalists in Aden became an (easy target) to attack from various parties and groups, which requires to invite all government bodies and political groups to work seriously to provide secure environment for the practice of journalism in the province of Aden and keep journalists away from targeting.
The editor-in-chief of (Aden al-Ghad), Fathi Bin Lazrak confirmed to Freedom Foundation that he and his colleagues in the newspaper and news website faced many direct and indirect threats and attacks and facing serious difficulties in the practice of journalism in the province of Aden. He stated that "Aden city has become an arena for political conflicts between various parties, where the journalists are victims of these conflicts”.
Fathi Bin Lazrak clarified that among these cases is that (Aden al-Ghad newspaper) has been subjected to a number of attacks, including armed chase to the distribution car of the newspaper by gunmen who has fired shots toward them last week, in addition to three incidents of car chases for the distribution car occurred before that , as well as an attack against the journalist in (Aden al-Ghad newspaper), Maher Derhim by Central Security soldiers in Crater district, in the city of Aden.
As well as, the journalist, Mohamed Mahmoud al-Elmi, who works in the (al-Qadhiah newspaper) has been subjected to the arrest , sever beating assault and confiscating his camera and his mobile phone by Central Security soldiers in Crater district, in the city of Aden. The soldiers were trying to push him down from the armored vehicle while driving so fast in an attempt for murdering him, because of his media coverage of the strike in Aden city.
As well as, the correspondent of (Aden live TV) , Ali Shaddad has been kidnapped last week, severely beaten and dragged by force to one of the armored vehicles by Central Security soldiers. They confiscated his camera, his mobile phone and a sum of money, which were returned to him later. He clarified that he was detained in a dungeon and subject to beatings and verbal insults again because of his media coverage of the strike in the province of Aden as well.
As well as, TV camerawoman, Ensam Abdo al-Samad has been assaulted by verbal insulting and an attempt to arrest her in the same place where Shaddad was assaulted.
In the latest case of violation occurred today (26 April 2013) in Aden on Nadhem Farhan, the director of film-libraries in the Aden TV, who has been severely beaten with Ak47 butts , dragged and expelled from his office by the commander of Aden TV channel guards belonging to the Central Security and his soldiers without legal justification .
The most prominent case of violation for media freedom in Aden city is the assassination attempt of Mansour Noor, a journalist in the (26 September) newspaper Aden bureau, last Wednesday evening through shooting him, whose right leg was amputated later due to serious gunshot wounds in the assassination attempt.
Freedom Foundation has issued on Monday a statement about the dangerous situation of media freedom in Yemen, which rose to a high level of risk (orange color), in the indicator adopted by Freedom Foundation in the classification of hazardous violation cases. This high level of risk came after the series of serious attacks, assassination attempts and direct shooting against journalists during the past few days, particularly the assassination attempt of Noor in the province of Aden.
At the time that Freedom Foundation is warning of the danger of the current situation in the province of Aden on the media work, in light of this unsecure atmosphere, it calls upon all political groups, particularly the government bodies, to take the necessary measures to ensure the safety of journalists, non-targeting them and create a suitable environment for practicing journalism freely and securely.