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UN Committee on Information: Yemen

One of Yemen's best-known dissident journalists, who survived beatings and imprisonment under the former authoritarian government, was shot and killed on Wednesday by unidentified gunmen outside his home in the capital, Sana.
Source: The New York Times, March 18, 2015

Mission of the Committee on Information: "...To promote the establishment of a new, more just and more effective world information and communication order intended to strengthen peace and international understanding and based on the free circulation and wider and better-balanced dissemination of information and to make recommendations thereon to the General Assembly." (Committee on Information website, "About the Committee")

Yemen's Term of office: 1979 - current

Yemen's Record on Freedom of Information:
"The government enforced restrictions on coverage of security- and military-related events, and harassed journalists... he government harassed journalists, and police used violence against them... there were reports of police violence against journalists, especially during coverage of protests. Media reports indicated the NSB monitored local calls by journalists... In March, NSB officers and personnel attacked an al-Arabiya television crew covering the arrival of a convoy of detainees outside the Specialized Criminal Court in Sana'a. The NSB officers reportedly beat the crew and seized their camera... In June members of the armed forces attacked Sky News Arabia correspondent Mohamed al-Qadhi and cameraman Sami al-Ansi and attempted to seize their equipment while they were reporting on a protest against the fuel shortage in Sana'a."
(U.S. State Department's Country Report on Human Rights Practices 2014, Yemen)