No Freedom, No Protection for Yemeni Press

National Yemen

media men speak at the NDC Press Conference


By YN staff  
According to the questionnaire by Yemeni youth, organized by Radio Netherlands Worldwide, and including 1119 people 24% female and 68% male, the Yemeni press doesn’t enjoy freedom in discussion of any issue. However, there are about 26% who think that there is freedom, while 6% don’t know whether press freedom is enough or not. It is worth mentioning that 28% of men think positively about press freedom in Yemen, while 20% of women think the opposite.

The survey had three categories of age. People from 20 – 29 didn’t find any freedom in the Yemeni press, people from 30 – 35 think there is freedom, and those who are less than 20 years don’t pay attention to this.

Geographically, we find that the youth of South Yemen think negatively about press freedom comparing with northerners. About 84% of participants in Aden said there isn’t any press freedom, but the rate reduces in Sana’a to 66% and 59% in Taiz.

In addition, the participants were asked about the most important two reasons affecting press freedom in Yemen. The participants were given three choices: the interventions of the security services and the government, legal factors, or direct threats to journalists and illiteracy.

Direct threats to journalists took first place, and 76% of participants chose legal factors while 57% chose interventions of the security services and the government.

Moreover, the opinions differ from region to other. For example, participants in Aden saw that the interventions of the security services and the government most affected press freedom. Also, there are differences in opinions about the matter of illiteracy, where people in Aden don’t think it’s a threatening reason for press freedom, unlike participants in Sana’a.  Illiteracy took third place after the interventions of the security services and the government, instead of legal factors.

Participants were also asked “what is the protection available to the journalist in Yemen from legal side or in practice, while he or she is doing his duty    “?

More than half of the respondents replied that such protection is not available. 33% agree with the existence of the mandatory protection partially, while 5% agree with complete mandatory protection.