Media of Yemen

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Yemen's Ministry of Information influences the media through its control of printing presses, granting of newspaper subsidies, and ownership of the country’s only television and radio stations. Yemen has nine government-controlled, 50 independent, and 30 party-affiliated newspapers. There are approximately 90 magazines, 50 percent of which are private, 30 percent government-controlled, and 20 percent party-affiliated. The government controls the content of news broadcasts and edits coverage of televised parliamentary debates.

Yemen's government usually monitors and blocks political and sexually explicit Web sites.[1] By law and regulation, newspapers and magazines must be government-licensed, and their content is restricted. There have been reports of journalists being physically attacked, as well as arrested and detained.[2] The government gives reasons that such detained journalists are "opposing the law and calling for destruction of infrastructure" and supports some examples as in Shia insurgency in Yemen and retaliations against unity.

The official national news agency is the Saba News Agency.

Printed media[edit]

Yemen started its ear with printing press in 1853 when the British occupation authorities entered the first printer in Aden to cover its needs of administration, it also sent a number of prisoner to India to train of the manual characters alignment for operating the printing press which was printed by Arabic and English. Printings press expanded in Aden.

There are over 20 licensed newspapers and magazines in Yemen among them are in the following table.[3][4]

Newspaper/Magazine Type Language Headquarter Status
Yemen Post (newspaper)[5] Independent weekly & online news portal English Sana'a offline
Al-Ayyam[6] Independent daily Arabic Aden Locally blocked*
Al-Sahwa[7] Islamist weekly Arabic/English Aden online
Al-Thawra[8] Government-owned Arabic Sana'a online
Al-Jumhuriya[8] Government-owned Arabic Taiz offline
Yemen Observer[9] Independent English/Arabic Sana'a online
Yemen Times[10] Independent weekly English Sanaa online
Al-Motamar[11] Government-owned Arabic/English Sana'a online
Al-Thawri (Al-Eshteraki)[12] Weekly Socialist Party Arabic Aden online
14th October[13] Government-owned English/Arabic Aden offline
Telecoms & IT magazine[14] Government-owned Arabic Sana'a offline
  • Note: the '*' indicates that this newspaper or its website has been blocked by the government, usually due to recent unstable situations.

Television and radio[edit]

Yemen has around 5 television channels, almost owned by the government. These channels are:

  • Yemen TV channel: The 1st official channel started broadcasting in 1975 in North Yemen as local media, joined other Arab channels via INTELSAT-59 in 1995 and later Nilesat.
  • Yamania television channel: This channel was founded in 1980 in the South of Yemen as "Aden channel" and was renamed after the unity of Yemen.
  • Al-Saeeda television channel: New television channel opened in 2007 and is broadcasting via Nilesat.
  • Soheil television channel: This channel started its test programs in July 2009 on Nilesat.
  • Al-Iman television channel: Islamic dedicated channel opened recently in 2008 as a moderate channel against radicalism and terror.

In addition, there are more than 10 radio channels most of them broadcasting in the medium waves, except for San'a radio channel that also broadcasts in the short waves, and locally the FM.[15][16][17][18]

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