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U.S. Embassy expresses support for press freedom in Yemen

November 09, 2009

On November 3, Ambassador Stephen Seche and Al-Masdar Editor-in-Chief Samir Jubran met at the American Embassy to discuss the recent ruling by Yemen’s Special Court for Press and Publications regarding Mr. Jubran's Al-Masdar publication.

This conversation covered a growing list of cases of censorship of articles in independent publications, obstruction of al-Ayyam newspaper for the past seven months, imposition of a one-year ban on Al-Masdar editor-in-chief, Samir Jubran, and a lifetime ban on U.S. journalist Munir al-Mawri by the Special Court for Press and Publications, the arrest in Aden of journalists Salah al-Soqladi and Foud Rashed last summer, and the as-yet unresolved disappearance of well-known writer and commentator, Mohammed al-Maqalih.

The Ambassador reiterated the support of the Government of the United States of America for press freedom in Yemen, and its view that responsible and independent media perform an essential function in a democratic society.