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Egypt releases Australian journalist, US student and translator

The arrests are part of "a disturbing pattern of attacks and harassment of media" in Egypt, says the Committee to Protect Journalists

Yemeni journalists at risk

As the protests against the Saleh regime continue, attacks meant to silence journalists are on the rise.
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Yemeni BBC Arabic service reporter Abdullah Ghorab speaks on his mobile phone after sustaining wounds he said he sustained when attacked by supporters of Yemen's ruling party during demonstrations in central Sanaa. (GAMAL NOMAN/Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Intimidation, beatings, kidnapping and arrests have become commonplace for journalists covering the protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s 33-year long rule in Yemen.

With its blotchy, at best, human rights record, threats against outspoken journalists are nothing new in Yemen, but the number of attacks on journalists has risen dramatically since the uprising began in January, rights groups say.

“Around 52 journalists have been attacked this year,” Hakim al-Masmari told GlobalPost. “My staff have been warned and threatened by the central security forces for covering any story that supports the Yemeni revolution or the opposition.”

“The government is attacking journalists more often since Yemen’s revolution started. They do not want such information to leave the country,” he said. “My staff is commonly threatened by government forces when covering security matters or when they are known to have entered opposition protest areas.”

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