Yemen: journalist killed in car explosion

  • 21 Jun 2022

The NUJ has condemned the targeted attack of journalist Saber al-Haidari on 21 June.

The NUJ has joined the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and sister union Yemeni Journalists Syndicate, in calling for perpetrators responsible for the murder of a Yemeni journalist to face justice.   

It is reported that whilst driving home on 21 June, Saber al-Haidari was killed by an explosive device planted on his vehicle. Known for his work at the Ministry of Information, as a local producer, and former journalist for foreign media organisations, he is the latest to be targeted in a string of attacks against journalists in Yemen.

The NUJ is calling on Yemeni authorities to investigate swiftly to identify those responsible, and act to ensure the protection of journalists working in the country. 

Anthony Bellanger, IFJ general secretary, said:

“IFJ strongly condemns the killing of Saber al-Haidari and calls for those responsible to be held accountable and brought to justice for this crime. This latest attack on journalists highlights the recurrence of targeting members of this profession.

"To tackle the global impunity surrounding these crimes, the IFJ asks for the government to carry on a serious investigation of the killings and to communicate the results to the family, the union and the public."

Yemeni journalists on death row

The NUJ is asking members to sign an open letter calling for the release of four journalists on death row, wrongly sentenced following their reporting on human rights violations by Houthi authorities.

Read more on our calls for their release and sign the open letter. 

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