Yemeni editor alleges assault

A Yemeni journalist says he was kidnapped and beaten by unknown assailants who accused him of publishing articles slandering government officials in his newspaper.

    The state's handling of July's fuel riots was slammed by the media

    Jamal Amer, editor-in-chief of the independent weekly newspaper al-Wassat, said on Tuesday armed men blindfolded him, forced him into a military car and took him to a remote area outside the capital Sanaa where they beat him.

     

    "They warned me about slandering state officials and questioned me about writers and editors at the newspaper, and about our sources and funding," he said.

     

    Officials were not immediately available for comment.

     

    Al-Wassat has published several stories criticising President Ali Abdullah Saleh's government and the way it handled last month's riots over fuel price rises, in which 22 people were killed.

     

    The cabinet later revised its decision and cut fuel prices.

    Yemen's Journalists' Syndicate condemned the kidnapping as a dangerous action hostile to freedom of the press and journalists.

     

    Earlier this year, Saleh pardoned a journalist imprisoned for slandering the Arab state's ruler and supporting a slain anti-US rebel cleric. 

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.