MULTIPLE JOURNALISTS' ARRESTS SIGNAL WARNING
Al-Zaidi was apparently detained on the orders of Marib Province governor Naji Abdullah al-Sufi, a source at the "Yemen Times" told CPJ. The journalist is currently being held incommunicado and his whereabouts are unknown. Though officials gave no reason for the arrest, sources at the "Yemen Times" believe that al-Zaidi is being detained in retaliation for his reporting on German diplomat Rainer Burns, who was kidnapped by armed gunmen on 27 July and remains a captive. Al-Zaidi was detained once before, on 10 June, and held for fifteen days before being released, according to CPJ.
On 16 September, in a separate but equally worrying case, an Aden criminal court found Feras Farouq al-Yafai, editor of the weekly "Al-Haqiqah", guilty of insulting and humiliating a public official, reports CPJ. Al-Yafai was sentenced to three months in prison and ordered to pay a 5,000 riyal (US$30) fine. The sentence stemmed from an article by Al-Yafai in the 2 August edition of "Al-Haqiqah", which falsely stated that the governor of Aden, Taha Ghanem, had resigned his post and fled the country. The case is currently under appeal. For more information, visit www.cpj.org and www.rsf.fr.">http://www.cpj.org">www.cpj.org and www.rsf.fr.