Yemeni authorities said Wednesday that the four foreign journalists expelled this week had entered the country illegally and were collaborating with foreign media without informing the Ministry of Information.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) denounced the arrest of four foreign journalists on Monday in Sana’a, citing a “clear act of censorship that should be strongly condemned,” while Yemen was rocked since late January with events.
In a statement, the Ministry of Information stated that “the immigration authorities deported four foreigners for illegal residence and for having violated the laws in Yemen.”
The statement said two of the journalists “entered the country on a tourist visa and stayed after the expiry of the validity of the visa.”
The other two “have entered the country on student visas to study Arabic but no longer followed the course”, according to the Ministry
He stressed that the four journalists “collaborating with foreign media without informing the authorities and without any authorization from the Ministry of Information.”
Journalists are Oliver Holmes, an Englishman writing for The Wall Street Journal and Time Magazine, Sweetland Haley Edwards, an American working for the Los Angeles Times and AOL News, Maricich Joshua, an American freelance Portia and Walker, a Briton working for The Washington Post.
According to RSF, “These four journalists who lived and worked in the country for several years, were known to the authorities.”
Yemen is experiencing since late January in demonstrations against President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in power for 32 years. About forty people were killed. Agencies