Disastrous situation for journalists

Political upheavals and violence have had a grave impact on media freedom ever since Houthi rebels allied with former President Saleh seized control of the capital Sanaa in September 2014. Journalists are now constantly exposed to threats, attacks, and abduction when they are not the victims of air strikes by the Saudi-led Arab coalition. More than 15 journalists and media workers are currently held by the Houthis, some of them since 2015. Independent coverage of the war is rare, as most media outlets are controlled by the various parties to the conflict.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



170 in 2016

Global score


67.07 in 2016


  • 1
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 1
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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