Yemeni journalists have increasingly faced challenges when it comes to carrying out their mission. At the same time, journalists have accused local Yemeni media institutions of having failed to respect their rights or meet their demands for reform.
The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) organized a protest against the incitement practiced against them by some political parties in the country who want to gag them from revealing the truth.
A group of media members attended the protest and carried the slogans No, For Incitement Calls and No One Bless The Blood, We All Stand With Life. During the vigil, journalist evaluated the speech of some local media, which is characterized by inciting, and ways to protect the profession of journalism and the media from falling into the ongoing political struggle in Yemen.
YJS is a legal professional association designed to focus on the rights of all Yemeni journalists. The stated aim of the YJS is to protect journalists’ integrity and provide them with a union to protect their material and moral rights; on the professional side, to help enable journalists to promote values of freedom, democracy and justice in the public sphere.
In recent times, however, the YJS has been perceived to be helpless when it comes to making any perceivable changes in the lives of journalists, and perhaps most of all in providing safeguards for them only protest and if they are asked.
Marwan Damaj, Secretary General of the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate, said that there are a direct calls of incite against workers in the media outside and they also monitored insulting word against journalists by certain parties.
For his part, Abdelbari Taher, Yemeni Journalist, said that there are parties and forces strive to drag Yemeni journalist to battle trying to recruit journalists to serve their objectives and policies that damage the country.
“We have to find an ethical and professional deterrent that prevent some of the local media from calling to for incitement. Journalists Syndicate should impose new media through the imposition of an Honor’s Charter for its members to get rid of the grim situation of Yemen,” he added.
At the same time, the cadre of Yemen today T.V channel carried out a protest in front of the Standing Committee of the General People’s Congress (GPC) to demand the return channel and give them their salaries.
The Yemen today T.V channel closed after the Presidential guardsmen loyal to President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi raided the Yemen Today station, owned by the former regime Ali Abdullah Saleh, on June 11 in response to what the government called “incitement to disturbances”. The guardsmen confiscated equipment and the channel remains off the air.