Stand up for your rights

Yemen’s state-run newspaper Al Thawra is in turmoil after more than 30 of its journalists went on strike.

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By  John Irish Published  March 14, 2004

Yemeni journalists from the government-run daily newspaper Al Thawra are on strike. In a united stand against the newspaper’s chief editor, Ali Al Rawi, 30 journalists yesterday (March 13) began a sit-in at the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS). The move came in response to allegations the chief editor was using underhand tactics to intimidate his staff. In a letter to the YJS, the journalists claimed Al Rawi had threatened to sack them , questioned their abilities and suggested he would be better off using the Internet. The letter also referred to their poor working and living conditions. The journalists, who demanded a public apology and an immediate reversal in their fortunes, were hoping for a positive reaction following YSJ pleas for Al Rawi to explain his actions. However, the chief editor was quick to outline his position. Speaking to the Yemen Times, he suggested the strike came as a result of a decision he made to restructure the newspaper, including the role of various editors.

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