The Committee to Protect Journalists has urged the Houthis to free a journalist they abducted in August and to end their “campaign against journalists.”
Youness Abdelsalam was seized in Sanaa and the CPJ said it feared he could be executed for his reporting.
His family said he had not been formally charged with a crime.
Abdelsalam, who worked for local papers, criticized the Houthis and also the Yemeni government.
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“The Houthis must release Youness Abdelsalam immediately and stop abducting journalists,” said the CPJ’s senior Middle East and North Africa researcher Justin Shilad. “The Houthis’ campaign against journalists knows no bounds, and now more than ever the international community needs to take action.”
The CPJ said Abdelsalam suffered from health issues and that his family had only been able to visit him once since his arrest.
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"The Ansar Allah group, known as the Houthis, must release journalist Youness Abdelsalam immediately and stop abducting and threatening members of the press."
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He is being held with at least four other journalists, all of whom face the death sentence, the CPJ said, adding that the Iran-backed militia had “assaulted, imprisoned, and forced out journalists from areas under the group’s control over the last several years.”
Imprisoned journalists experienced torture, isolation, and the deprivation of critical healthcare services while in detention, their familes warned.
They said the brother of Abdulkader Al-Murtada, who is the head of the Houthi prisoner affairs committee, tortured the journalists himself or incited other captors to mistreat them. They also said they had been forced to bribe Houthis to deliver life-saving injections to one diabetic journalist.
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