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International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns killing of journalist in Yemen

Yemeni journalist Anwar Al-Rakan died on 8 June just two days after his
release from a Houthi prison, amid claims he had been tortured.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joined its
affiliate the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) in strongly condemning
the brutal treatment in captivity which had led to Anwar's death.

"We utterly condemn the barbaric treatment our brother Anwar was
subjected to. These systematic attacks against the press and journalists
must stop immediately," said IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger.

For its part, the YJS has said in a statement "We strongly condemn
this heinous crime that claimed Al Rakan's life and hold Houthis group
fully responsible for this crime, confirming that the perpetrators shall
be held to account."

The YJS documented over 300 violations of press freedom in Yemen
over 2017 and said that 68% of them were committed by the Houthis.

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