By Fakhri al-Arashi
Nov 2, 2012 – Gurgaon, India
One day before the launch of the 12th meeting of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation, National Yemen editor-in-chief Fakhri Al-Arashi spoke about his experience of running the newspaper at AMITY University in Gurgaon, India.
University management, professors and teachers arranged the meeting between Faculty of Information students at the university and a media delegation who had been invited to cover the two-day IOR-ARC meeting.
Al-Arashi spoke about the challenging atmosphere in the independent media field, and largely focused his words on difficult and challenging times during and around the time of the 2011 Yemeni Revolution, which ended in the removal from office of Ali Abdullah Saleh and the election of Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi as president of a two-year transitional period.
The students listened closely to a conversation that covered levels of media freedom, limitations and difficulties in carrying on with a journalistic mission amid a state of political crisis in 2011, and when most newspapers backed the activities of a political party to guarantee their continued existence.
AMITY students in attendance expressed concern about piracy attacks which occur in the Indian Ocean on the sea border between Yemen and Somalia.
Yemen is a member of the IOR-ARC, which was launched in Mauritius in March 1997. Yemen enjoys full membership in the association.
AMITY is one of India’s leading educational groups, with 95,000 students, five universities, six international campuses, 17 schools & preschools, with a total of more than 150 institutions.