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The International Federation of Journalists welcomes the release of 5 journalists and stresses the release of the rest





Today, Monday, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomed the release of five journalists from the prisons of the Iranian-backed Houthi coup militia, calling for the speedy release of the remaining journalists pending kidnapping.

In a statement published on its official website, the federation indicated that despite a court ruling issued by a court under the control of the Houthi militia to release the five journalists, the Houthi militia refused to release them and offered to replace them with prisoners of war and continue to kidnap four of their colleagues who face death sentences.

Pointing out that the five journalists are among ten media professionals who were kidnapped by the Houthi militia in June 2015 in the Dreams Palace Hotel in Sana’a, the place they moved to to obtain communications and services to do their work.

The International Federation of Journalists said that the kidnapped journalists “were subjected to physical and psychological ill-treatment in prison. The International Federation of Journalists has repeatedly condemned the Houthis’ violation of international conventions and norms related to the treatment of prisoners.”

The Secretary-General of the International Federation of Journalists, Anthony Pelangi, said: “We are pleased that Hisham Tarmum, Hisham Al-Youssefi, Haitham Abdulrahman Al-Shehab, Issam Amin Bel-Ghaith and Hassan Enab have been released within the framework of the prisoner exchange negotiated by the United Nations.

He expressed his regret at the continued occurrence of journalists, victims of the conflict between the Houthi militia and the Yemeni government, stressing the need to release all journalists who are still detained.

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