NUJ backs calls for urgent medical attention of Yemeni journalist on death row

  • 02 Aug 2022

The union has urged immediate access to medical treatment for Tawfiq Al-Mansoori detained by Houthi authorities.

The NUJ has joined the International Federation of Journalists  and Yemeni Journalists' Syndicate, in calling for the immediate transfer of Tawfiq Al-Mansoori from prison to hospital, following the deterioration of his health. 

Al- Mansoori is detained on death row alongside journalists Abdulakhleq Amran, Akram Al-Waleedi and Hareth Humaid accused of “espionage for foreign states and spreading fake news.” Their wrongful convictions stem from reporting on human rights violations committed by Houthi authorities. 

A report received by Al-Mansoori’s family indicate his health has worsened in the Central Security Camp prison, resulting in growing concern over his welfare.

Anthony Bellanger, IFJ general secretary, said: 

“We are deeply concerned about the health of Al Mansoori and we urge the Houthi Movement to provide him with urgent health care.

“We renew our demands for an immediate release of all kidnapped journalists and the abolition of unjust death sentences against our colleagues. Ansar Allah’ leaders must be held accountable for the health and safety of the journalists in their jails.” 

The NUJ has repeatedly called for the release of all journalists wrongly detained in Yemen, where media workers frequently operate in hostile environments. 

The union is urging members to take action by reading the profiles of Al-Mansoori, Al Waleedi , Amran and Humaid and signing an open letter urging their release.  

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