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IFJ Warns Houthis Rebels’ Leader over Targeting Journalists in Yemen

28 September 2015

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has written to the leader of Ansar Allah Movement, Adul-Malik al-Houthi, warning him of his personal responsibility for the safety of Yemeni journalists, following a recent video message in which he described journalists as “traitors” and said that “something should be done to face them.”

The letter urged him to issue clear orders to his forces not to attack journalists , saying that violence on media professionals is a breach of international humanitarian and human rights law.

The IFJ also sent a copy of the letter to the Special Representative of the United Nations (UN) Secretary General for Yemen, Mr. Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, requesting him to bring the full array of legal tools at their disposal to help addressing the serious risks of Yemeni journalists and media professionals, all of whom face direct violence following the video.

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