Journalists convicted for gay report

A Yemeni court has convicted three journalists, their lawyer has said, for publicly discussing homosexuality.

    Homosexuality is considered a taboo in Yemen

    The court ruled that a report in Arabic-language newspaper The Week in March 2003, which included interviews with men jailed for homosexuality, had violated Yemeni morals and customs. 

    Homosexuality in the conservative Arab state is considered a taboo and Yemen's main religion, Islam, denounces homosexuality.

    "The ruling came as a huge shock to me," former editor-in-chief Jalal al-Sharaabi said on Tuesday.

    "But I respect the law and my lawyer will defend me." 

    The court gave al-Sharaabi three-month suspended sentence and two other journalists who used to work at the paper both received five-month suspended terms, their lawyer said. 

    All three journalists, now working at different newspapers, will appeal the decision, their lawyer said. 

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Musta'ribeen, Israel's agents who pose as Palestinians

    Who are the Israeli agents posing as Palestinians?

    Musta'ribeen are an elite Israeli undercover unit that disguises themselves as Arabs or Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

     How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    How Britain Destroyed the Palestinian Homeland

    100 years since Balfour's "promise", Palestinians insist that their rights in Palestine cannot be dismissed.