Watchdog: Armed men raid Yemeni media organization in Aden

CAIRO — The Committee to Protect Journalists is urging Yemeni authorities to investigate an arson attack on the offices of a media foundation in the southern port city of Aden.

The CPJ says armed men raided the offices of al-Shomou Foundation on March 1, setting fire to the printing presses used for the Al-Shomou weekly and the Akhbar al-Youm daily paper.

CPJ's Mideast coordinator Sherif Mansour said "the attack ... shows that journalists are being targeted with impunity across every inch of Yemen."

He urged local authorities in Aden "to ensure the safety of journalists operating in areas they purport to control."

The CPJ says the attack came more than a week after Yemeni forces, trained and funded by the United Arab Emirates, detained a Yemeni journalist in southern Hadramawt province.

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