News Help by sharing this information “The only thing we know is that he is imprisoned and is being interrogated,” his brother Moaz said. During the call, Samadi asked them to hand over his laptop to the militiamen for the information it contains, or else “they will arrest you all.” An alarming total of at least 20 journalists have been the victims of enforced disappearance in Yemen since the start of the civil war in 2015, according to a tally by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). They include two journalists who were abducted by armed men in the past few weeks. Follow the news on Yemen YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists DisappearancesImprisonedHostages Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months to go further Receive email alerts August 13, 2019 Total of journalists abducted in Yemen in past five years reaches 20 They also include former Akhbar Al-Yom journalist Abdul Hafiz Al-Samadi, who was kidnapped by a group of armed men as he was heading to a grocery store in the Al-Jarda district of the capital, Sanaa, on 27 July. The family heard nothing for three days, until he managed to call them briefly from a strange number on 30 July. January 6, 2021 Find out more Samadi had contributed to several articles critical of the Houthis. He had stopped working as a journalist since the start of the war in 2015. Many other journalists have done the same for fear of being persecuted because of their journalism, but this has not prevented militiamen from tracking them down subsequently because of what they wrote. They include ten journalists who were taken hostage by the Houthis in Sanaa in 2015 and who are facing possible death sentences. News News News Organisation Most of these 20 journalists were kidnapped by either government forces or non-government forces and, in most cases, their families lack precise information about where they are being held or what has happened to them. A journalist films the site of a Saudi-led air strike in Sanaa in March 2016 (Reuters) Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF RSF_en YemenMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists DisappearancesImprisonedHostages Yemen is ranked 168th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. February 11, 2021 Find out more The latest victims include Mareb Today website editor Eyad Saleh, who was taken from his apartment in the southern city of Aden to an unknown location on 6 August by armed men, who also searched his apartment, the Media Freedom Observatory said. “Yemeni journalists are almost systematically targeted by armed forces, regardless of where they are located, and must often defend what they have written,” RSF’s Middle East desk said. “By treating journalists in this way, both the Houthis and the Arab coalition’s allied forces violate journalists’ right to protection.” February 26, 2021 Find out more
A Disney cruises employee has been arrested for raping a young girl multiple times over the course of about 3 years.53-year-old Keith Seitz who works for the for Disney Vacation Club, was arrested on November 25th after the victim told her mother about Seitz’ actions towards her.According to the report, the now 13-year-old told her mother that Seitz would rape her at his home and at one point took photos of her which he said he would use on the cruise.The victim told her mother that Seitz first began molesting her at his home in 2016 when she was 10-years-old. The abuse then escalated to rape when the victim turned 11 and the abuse continued until October of 2019.At the time the incident was brought to authorities, Seitz was said to have been out to sea but was scheduled to return to land the next day. When Seitz arrived, he was taken into custody.Seitz is now facing two counts of sexual battery on a child under 12, two counts of sexual battery on a physically helpless person, and one count of lewd or lascivious molestation on a victim under 12.He was also ordered not to have contact with the victim, or children under 18.Disney has since placed Seitz on unpaid leave.