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A total of 115 attacks and other hostile acts were committed against journalists in the first half of 2017 simply for doing their jobs, according to the semi-annual report compiled by Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC), the pro-journalist non-governmental organization in Yemen.

Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC) condemns in the strongest possible terms the crime the Houthi militia and forces loyal to ousted president Ali Saleh committed today when they fired a mortar shell at a gathering of journalists while covering battles in areas to the east of Taiz province, resulting in the killing of photojournalists Wael al-Absi and Taqi al-Din al-Huthaifi and the media activist Sa’ad al-Nidhari, the amputation of the leg of Walid al-Qadasi and the injury of Salah al-Din al-Wahbani; all of them have been working for local media.

Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC) condemns the threats of death and slaughter and accusations of infidelity and atheism against the female journalist Hanan Nasser by an unknown person who set a deadline for her repentance because she has been following up the cause of the assassinated activist Amjad Mohammed Abdulrahman who was accused of atheism.

This year’s World Press Freedom Day, which falls on May 3 of each year, comes at a time when press freedom in Yemen has been at its worst since 1990 due to increasing dangers and challenges it faces. The war waged by the Houthi militia and ousted President Ali Saleh's forces has led to hundreds of journalists being killed, tortured, forcibly disappeared, arrested, abducted and etc.

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