Unceasing Violations Against Media in Yemen

Sheba Intelligence | 2024-04-21 11:15 AM UTC


The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) documented 17 cases of violations against journalists and media institutions over the last three months. The YJS said these violations indicate that journalists and media personnel continue working in a dangerous environment without protection.

In its first quarterly report, the YJS revealed that the Houthi group committed 5 cases of violations against journalists during the first quarter of this year. The Yemeni government also committed 5 cases, while the Southern Transitional Council committed 3 cases. The Egyptian authorities were responsible for two violations against Yemeni journalists. Unknown persons and a media institution committed one case each.

 The types of violations committed against media freedom in Yemen included deprivation of freedom, attacks, incitement, and forced deportation.

The following table illustrates the violations committed against journalists over the first three months of 2024.

Type of violation




Deprivation of freedom



January, February, March 2024




Threat and incitement



Confiscation of properties



Trials and summons



Forced deportation







The Syndicate's report indicated that various parties continue to commit violations against journalists in light of the state of impunity for all violators of press freedom in Yemen.

It added that the increased restrictions imposed on journalistic work have limited the ability of journalists and media outlets to work freely, especially in Sanaa and Aden.

It has been nine years since the war on media freedom began in Yemen, and violations against journalists and press freedom continue rising year by year.

Throughout 2023, the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate documented 82 cases of violations committed against journalists, photographers, media outlets, media headquarters, and journalists' property.