In its latest push against press freedom in the country, Yemen held the first press court session over the weekend. According to the Yemen Times, Sami Ghalib, editor-in-chief of the paper Al-Nida has the dubious distiction of being the first journalist taken to the dock, accused of “insult and humiliation,” which is Orwellian-speak for exposing corruption in a government ministry.
But lack of press freedom isn’t the only issue Yemen is facing. This week were highlighting what ails the Arabian Peninsula country and what can be done.
- In the latest edition of ISN Podcasts, Dr Elham Manea, who holds dual Swiss-Yemeni citizenship, discusses the country’s widespread poverty and corruption. She also gives an in-depth analysis of the Al-Houthi (Saada) conflict.
- Yemen: Defusing the Saada Time Bomb by the International Crisis Group gives background information on the conflict.
- Chatham House’s Yemen: Fear of Failure covers not only the conflict but the economic and security challenges facing the nation.
- You can also download the Yemen Constitution from the ISN’s Primary Resources.