Two journalists receive death threats in Hadramout
Sanad Ba-Yashoot, editor-in-chief of Mukallatoday.com, and Ali Salim Al-Yazeedi, a journalist at the same news website, received text message threats that they would be killed “if they did not change their views.”
Al-Yazeedi said that unknown persons had demanded in the text message that he stops writing for the independent website and that if he didn’t, he would lose his life.
The threat arrived after he wrote articles hailing what he called the “victorious day of the south” - in reference to the boycott of the election by some members of the Southern Movement in southern governorates - including Hadramout, Aden, Lahj, Al-Dhala and Shabwa – on February 21.
Al-Yazeedi had also criticized foreign media coverage, accusing Al Jazeera in particular of presenting a false image of Election Day in the south. The threat message incuded the following words: “Mr. Yazidi, if you don’t stop writing for Mukkala Today, you will be killed and must prepare your shroud.”
On the same day and prior to the threat sent to Yazidi, Sanad Ba-Yashoot, editor-in-chief of Mukallatoday.com, received a similar threat. The source of the two messages was the same number: 003859811555. The second message threatened not only the editor but the entire staff at the news website.
The words in the message sent to Sanad were “You and your staff members will be killed unless you stop producing your farcical news.”
Both journalists called on local authorities and the security services to uphold their responsibility to protect journalists. They also affirmed that the threats wouldn’t prevent them from working in accordance with high journalistic standards.
The Hadhramout and Al-Mahra branches of the Yemeni Journalist Syndicate (YJS) strongly condemned the text message threats. The union issued a statement expressing solidarity with the threatened journalists, calling such acts “cowardly.”