Follow the news on Yemen October 24, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Houthi rebels pursue offensive against news media News Organisation Receive email alerts A month after seizing the capital, Sanaa, and despite having signed a peace accord under UN aegis, Yemen’s Houthi rebels are continuing to advance on the centre and south of the country, occupying the headquarters of news media on the way and arresting or kidnapping journalists. In one recent instance, five gunmen claiming to be members of the Houthi movement stormed into the premises of Aleshteraki – an online newspaper affiliated to the Socialist Party and located near its headquarters – on 17 October, kidnapped one its editor, Badr Al-Qubaty, and held him for several hours.Houthi leaders denied any role in this raid but Qubaty insisted that the rebels did indeed kidnap and threaten him. He added that it was hushed up as a result of an informal agreement between Socialist Party members and the rebel movement, which took the alleged culprits to the police and claimed they belonged to the rival Al-Ahmar clan.Reporters Without Borders deplores the Houthi movement’s threats and acts of violence against the media, which increased in August and increased again when Houthi rebels arrived in the capital in September.“We condemn these deliberate attacks on news media and journalists, which pose a real danger to freedom of information and to Yemen’s continuing political transition,” Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director Virginie Dangles said. “We call on the authorities to carry out an investigation and punish those responsible. We also urge them to take whatever measures are necessary to provide journalists with as much protection as possible in the current unstable environment.”Continuing their offensive, Houthi rebels seized control of state-owned Radio Ibb on 18 October after damaging its facade in an exchange of shots with Sunni tribesmen. As its generator was hit by gunfire, the station had to suspend broadcasting.A BBC crew consisting of journalists Sami Noaman and Safaa Al-Ahmad and cameraman Mohamed Al-Mikhlafi was doing a report about one of the capital’s mosques when they arrested by members of the Houthi movement and held for several hours.According to the journalists’ union, the Houthi militants threatened Noaman and Ahmad on the pretext that they should have asked permission before filming in a public place. The rebels wanted to confiscate their camera even after the crew had deleted the newly recorded footage, and they did confiscate the memory card, although they returned it a few hours after releasing the journalists.Reporters Without Borders is very worried by the spread of Houthis across Yemen, and the fact they have been able take advantage of political and security weakness to impose their will, threating the country’s stability and freedom of information.According to the Yemeni NGO Freedom Foundation, there were a total of 52 media freedom violations by Houthi rebels, targeting 33 journalists and 19 news media, in the month following the Houthi takeover of the capital on 21 September, all but one of them in the capital.The Houthi advance on the centre and south has led to an increase in tension and clashes with their Sunni rivals of Al-Islah, a party affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood and led by the Al-Ahmar clan, as well as with Sunni tribesman and Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). YemenMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information RSF_en News Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF News to go further YemenMiddle East – North Africa February 26, 2021 Find out more News February 11, 2021 Find out more Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions January 6, 2021 Find out more
Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Oct 2020 12:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.3kShares Comment Advertisement Mesut Ozil has been out of the Arsenal team this season (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has explained what he wants to see from players that are out of the Arsenal team, if they want to get back into his plans, and insists that he wants to get the best out of every member of his squad.This comes as Mesut Ozil continues to be frozen out at the Emirates, with the club spending £350,000-a-week on his wages.The 31-year-old has not even made it onto the substitute’s bench this season, in any competition, despite being fit and available for selection.Arteta insists he is still working to get the most out of the former Real Madrid man, but must have a ‘stable team’ on and off the field.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘With the players and the squad I have, it is my job to manage it as good as possible and take the maximum performance out of them and have a stable team, emotionally and in terms of performance as well,’ said the Spaniard.‘Whoever is here, get the best out of him and the contribution that this player can make to the team.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe manager believes the likes of Dani Ceballos and Rob Holding have proved that they can fight their way back into the Arsenal first team, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Mohamed Elneny have done the same.Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka have also demonstrated what the boss wants to see to force their way into his plans.‘it’s always the balance of how much are you giving, how much are you willing to sacrifice and work in order to achieve if your dream is to play for Arsenal Football Club and I think we have some really good examples with what happened with Eddie, what happened with Ainsley, what’s happening with Joe, what happened with Bukayo, what happened with Dani Ceballos and what happened with Rob Holding,’ he said. ‘So it’s about that. When I see a player really willing and really trying and really making their only emphasis to be to contribute to the team and try to raise the performance of himself and the collective side, they’re going to have a chance.’Arsenal host Sheffield United in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.MORE: Mikel Arteta speaks out on William Saliba’s Arsenal future amid Rennes transfer speculationMORE: Arsenal’s Houssem Aouar hopes fade as Mikel Arteta targets Chelsea star Jorginho as alternativeFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.cFor more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta explains how Mesut Ozil can force his way back into the Arsenal team Advertisement
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had one more surprise in his bag of upsets, beating second seeded Roger Federer 7-5 7-6 (3) to cap a scintillating march to the Rogers Cup title on Sunday, Reuters reports.After knocking off world number one Novak Djokovic in the third round, taking out twice champion and eighth seed Andy Murray in the quarters and seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov in the semis, Tsonga denied 17-time grand slam winner Federer a landmark 80th career title.“I played well all this week, I beat many good guys,” said Tsonga. “It’s a big achievement because I worked really hard to come back from my knee injury last year.“Unfortunately there is no secret… behind this there is a lot of work.“I’m waiting for this since couple of months now. I was looking for my best level, today I had it and it’s great.”Certainly there was no disputing that Tsonga’s win was well-deserved, the 13th seeded Frenchman’s hit list including players who had won seven of the last 10 Canadian titles (Djokovic 2012, 2011, 2007; Murray 2010, 2009 and Federer 2004, 2006). It marked the first time since 2002 that a player had beaten the four top seeds to win a Masters series event.“He beat great players along the way and backed it up with another great final,” said Federer, who turned 33 on Friday and had been hoping to celebrate his birthday by lifting the trophy. “No excuses. I think he played really solid and well when he had to.“I wish I could have played a bit better in the finals today.“There were things I could have done better, but, overall it was a positive week.“I go away from this feeling good about my chances next week and also at the U.S. Open.” In 16 career meetings Tsonga had beaten the Swiss maestro just five times but three came on the Canadian hard courts.With Federer appearing in his fifth Canadian final and Tsonga having advanced to at least the semi-finals in three of his four trips to Canada, both men had a cool look of confidence as they walked onto a blazing hot centre court.In a week of superb performances, Tsonga may have saved his best for last, the second seeded Swiss unable to manage a single break chance the entire match.