Journalist sentenced to three months in prison for insulting president
In 2007, Anisa Osman published two opinion articles in "Al-Wasat", while the Yemeni journalist Abdelkarim AlKhaiwani was in prison. One of the articles was written in solidarity with him. The Yemeni media ministry then initiated legal action against her and the court issued the harsh sentence against both Anisa Osman and Jamal Amer on 16 January.
Gamal Eid, ANHRI's executive director, said, " Such an initiative taken by the Yemeni government, becoming the first Arab country to convict a female writer for insulting the president, is indeed a shameful and rather ominous move that we wish to see discontinued."
The verdict against Anisa Osman came in the context of an unprecedented crackdown on the independent press, affecting dozens of journalists. In addition, the enforced disappearance of journalist Mohamed AlMaqaleh, editor of the Ishtraki e-forum, since September 2009 remains an unsolved mystery, to which Yemeni security has responded with indifference.