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Friday, March 10, 2006

Mail Arab papers and Yemeni persons to help Mohammed al-Asadi

To help create attention and to put maximum pressure on Yemen, you may want to mail as follows:

Islam Online: iolenglishnews@iolteam.com
Arab News: almaeena@arabnews.com , Editor in Chief Mr. Khaled Al-Maeena
Asharq Alawsat: webmaster@asharq-e.com

I’ve mailed these three Arab papers, asking them at least to mention the case and far better to support their colleague. I’ve mentioned that it might be a way to ease the tensions between the Muslim World and the rest of the world. You may know more papers to mail, keep us informed.

American Daughter has a lot of background, names and addresses, read... The Shame Of Yemen
There's a lot more, click continue .. At least check them to watch if they at all mention the case. You’ll find links at PIA CAUSA right column. Protest if they don’t mention the case now.

You may also want to try these people at Yemen Political Development Forum, ‘an independent, non-profit, non-governmental institution for intellectual and cultural activities’. Both may be reached at support@pdf-yemen.com

Mr. Ali Saif Hassan (Executive Director)
“An independent political and human rights activist, Ali Saif Hassan renounced his membership in the Unionist Nasserite Party, where he had held a number of prominent positions, the last of which was the Assistant Secretary General of the Party. Previously, he had worked as an executive manager for a number of companies in private and public sectors. He has an M.A. in Business Management from the United States.”

Professor Mohammed Abdul Malik Al-Motawakel (Advisor)
“One of the most outstanding political and human rights activists in Yemen and Arab World, Professor Al-Motawakel is currently the General Coordinator of the Islamic and Pan Arab Conference, Assistant Secretary General of the Federation of the Popular Forces party in Yemen, and a professor of Political Science at San`a’ University. He has an M.A. in Communication Studies from the United States and a Ph.D. in Communication/Information from Egypt.”


To give you an impression of Yemen, check the CIA World Fact Book

Amnesty has a large number of reports on Yemen here

I found this abstract in English from a recent Danish thesis on Yemen Press Freedom by Lene Wind-Friis, University of Roskilde (RUC), January 2006:

“Since 1990 there has been an independent press in Yemen. Press freedom as a concept is still very young, and is therefore still debated. This thesis investigates how significant actors motivated by different ideals try to have an impact on press freedom in Yemen. It is also analyzed how specific concerns for the press in the Arab world influences these efforts.

Theoretically the thesis takes advantage of sociological new-institutionalism. The media in Yemen is approached as an institution on three levels, which offers the possibility to separate different impacts on press freedom. Impacts that can be legislative, normative or a result of an unconscious perception on how things are done, and how press freedom ought to be realized in Yemeni society.

The significant actors are the Yemeni government, a Danish media development programme, the Yemeni Journalist Syndicate, female journalists, journalists who are testing the boundaries and journalists from non-independent media.

Qualitative interviews conducted between 14th of May and 14th of June 2005 show that the most important difference between the actors concerning their ideal of press freedom, is centered around the liberal ideal of the journalist as a watchdog for democracy.

The critical, revealing journalism that is part of this ideal, is colliding with the Arab norms regarding that you should not – and mostly you are not allowed to – expose individuals or social or religious groups of society in the media. Some call it “press freedom with respect”, which means that you make sure, the journalistic product does not collide with these norms.

But the ideal of press freedom is not only normative. It is also a result of a restrictive legislation that limits the development of democracy.

Most journalists in Yemen wish for more freedom on a legislative level. But the norms and the
culture telling them what is acceptable or not, will still affect their journalism, even if legislation was to be eased.

In conclusion, the thesis shows the need for a path in between the watchdog and the respectful press freedom. It shows the need of further elaboration of the ideal of the journalist as a watchdog accommodated to the norms and culture of the Arab world – an Arabic watchdog.”


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