International support for Yemen’s struggling media

As the working conditions of journalists deteriorate and safety hazards prevail in Yemen, a group of international organisations and local Yemeni journalists meet in Cairo to discuss how to support the country’s media

The meeting comes at a crucial time, after a year’s unrest and an unstable political environment has taken its toll on the Yemeni media. Led by International Media Support (IMS) eight international media development organisations together with local Yemeni stakeholders will meet in Cairo in the beginning of February to discuss a coordinated approach to supporting Yemeni media.

The report “Media in Turmoil” – an assessment of the Yemeni media sector (PDF), released this week by IMS, describes the poor conditions the country’s journalists and media workers are dealing with on a daily basis, including confiscation of equipment and material, harassment and violent physical attacks.

The international partnership meeting in Cairo includes SIDA (the Swedish International Development Agency), Article 19, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), the US-based NGO IREX, and International Media Support (IMS). The meeting also provides key local Yemen media representatives with the opportunity to express their views on what can be done to support the media sector in the country.

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