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Stockholm- Skyline is deeply concerned about the decision of the Supreme Judicial Council of the legitimate government to establish a special prosecution commission for the press, electronic publishing and publications, given the ongoing violations of freedom of opinion, expression and journalism. Skyline also expresses dissatisfaction with Yemen's continued decline at all levels, particularly with what journalists are being subjected to by the various parties to the conflict.

In a statement released today, Monday, Skyline states that the Supreme Judicial Council decided on Sunday, August 14, to establish the so-called Prosecutor's Office for the Press and Electronic Media, without giving details of the decision, expressing concern that this decision could contribute to an increase in violations of freedom of expression and opinion in the country for years.

"Skyline" points out that the decision to establish the committee comes at a time when freedom of opinion, expression, and journalistic work in the country are being violated in complex ways by the parties to the conflict, and Yemen is rated the worst internationally in terms of freedom of opinion, expression, and journalistic work. It documented violations in the first half of 2022, which amounted to about 56 cases of violations against Yemeni journalists and media outlets, varying between abductions, violations, assaults, threats, and attacks on media outlets.

In its statement, Skyline highlights the role of the various parties to the conflict in escalating violations against Yemeni journalists and the right to freedom of opinion and expression, noting that the Houthi group alone committed 17 of the violations, while the Giants forces committed 4 violations. The influential forces committed 11 violations and 5 violations were committed by unknown individuals.

"Skyline" stresses that the practices observed against Yemeni journalists and media workers clearly indicate that the parties to the conflict use the method of threat and attack to prevent these people from doing their work. He stresses that the recent decision of the Supreme Judicial Council, in light of the current data, means that press and media freedom will continue to decline, especially since the human rights record in terms of freedom of opinion and expression is marked by terrible violations.

The human rights foundation Skyline accused the Yemeni government-particularly the executive and security branches-of failing to adequately protect journalists and activists and of failing to treat threats against them with the seriousness they deserve, which amounted to threats by outlaws to kidnap them.

Skyline calls on the Yemeni Presidential Council to make concrete decisions to protect freedom of opinion and expression, rather than decisions that could lead to complications and violations with unexpected consequences, given the ongoing harassment of journalists in Yemen.

Skyline concludes his statement with a call for the Yemeni Presidential Council to play its role in protecting freedom of opinion, expression, and journalistic work by providing full protection to journalists and activists. The Council should also advocate for the enactment of regulations that ensure their safety while working and direct the judicial and executive authorities to provide the necessary support to these groups so that they can exercise their right to seek the truth and express their views without restrictions or persecution.