A TV Journalist, media workers killed in air strike in Yemen 

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April 22, Sanaa: An air strike on Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa triggered a big explosion that killed 25 people and wounded almost 400 including a TV journalist and three staff members of the satellite TV station, Yemen Today, while at least 10 staff members were injured on Tuesday, state news agency Saba said.

The air strikes killed Mohamed Shamsan, news correspondent for the station; security personnel Monir Aklan and Hazzam Mohamed Zeid; and Amin Yehia, an accountant, according to the station. Ten other staff members, who weren’t identified by the station, were injured, four of whom are in critical condition local news agency reported.

Committee to protect journalists is gravely concerned about journalist in the Middle East, Sherif Mansour, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa program coordinator said “The deaths of journalist Mohamed Shamsan and Yemen Today staff members underscore that the climate for the media in Yemen is exceedingly dangerous,” and added “We urge all sides in the conflict to respect journalists’ stature as civilians, to refrain from targeting media outlets, and to ensure that the press can safely do its vital work.”

On March 30, Brigadier General Ahmed Asiri, a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition, said in a press conference that media outlets supporting the Houthi movement would be targeted, but did not say how CPJ reported.

According to station’s website news reports, Mohamed al-Radmi, the station manager, accused the Saudi-led coalition forces of targeting the station; the station is affiliated with former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who is allied with the Houthis. On Sunday, the station aired an interview with Saleh, who is in hiding since stepping down in February 2012 following popular protests. In the interview, Saleh criticized President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi and the air strikes launched by the Saudi-led coalition.                                                                       The Oslo Times

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