Al-Masdar Media Foundation called on all local and international organizations concerned with defending rights and public freedoms to take a serious action to save the lives of four journalists whose lives are at increasing risk behind bars in the prisons of the Houthi militia, due to the deterioration of their health condition and their right to treatment.
This came in a statement issued by the Foundation’s editorial board on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of the kidnapping of nine Yemeni journalists from Sana’a, including journalist Tawfiq Al-Mansoori, a member of the Al-Masdar Foundation staff, who were subjected to enforced disappearance and subjected to psychological and physical torture.
The statement said: We take it as an opportunity to remind the world of this forgotten tragedy and that journalists deserve protection and support as they put their lives at risk while performing their duty to defend the rights of society.
The statement warned of the greatest danger faced by journalists detained in prisons controlled by the Houthi militia, and a court under its control issued a ruling to execute them on trumped-up charges, and “the fact that journalists remained inside Sanaa after the outbreak of the war constituted a source of inconvenience to the group that tightened its grip on Sanaa and other cities described the areas under their control from any presence of a free media that does not adopt its vision.
The statement said that the situation that press freedom and public freedoms are going through in Yemen today reveals either weakness and inability or the lack of seriousness of the world in defending freedom as a value and freedom of the press, which is one of the finest forms of human development, noting that the coup and the war that followed it in Yemen formed A turn that swept the margins of freedom for which generations of Yemenis struggled and for which the first pioneers sacrificed since the launch of the national movement in the mid-thirties.
He added: The September and October revolutions and Yemeni unity on May 22, 1990, which were linked to political pluralism and freedom of the press, and the peaceful revolution in February 2011 represented important stations that constituted a shift in expanding the margin of press freedom, in addition to the fact that the February revolution expanded the space for journalists to address public issues and express their opinions. Critic of the performance of governments and decision-makers, it opened the door wide to owning audio-visual media for the first time in the history of Yemen, to represent the Houthi coup and their invasion of Sana’a and the ensuing war and chaos that continues to this day, a terrible setback to freedom of the press, public freedoms and human rights, and the hostile media was completely liquidated. Hundreds of journalists lost their jobs and their source of income, and dozens were distributed among exiles and displacement areas at home and abroad.
The Foundation renewed its call to the United Nations envoy to Yemen and the ambassadors of the countries sponsoring the peace process in Yemen to play their role in putting pressure on the Houthi militia to release colleague Tawfiq Al-Mansoori and his colleagues Abdul-Khaleq Omran, Akram Al-Waleedi and Harith Hamid, and to reveal the fate of journalist Waheed Al-Sufi, whose fate no one knows anything about since his exposure He was kidnapped from the city of Sanaa and has been forcibly disappeared since the beginning of 2015.
It also expressed its full and absolute solidarity with all of the kidnapped and forcibly disappeared colleagues in prisons belonging to armed groups or de facto authorities, stressing the need to work to reveal the fate of journalist Muhammad Al-Muqri, who was kidnapped by Al-Qaeda extremist organization during its control of the city of Mukalla in Hadramout Governorate in 2015.