NEW YORK - A news photographer who was shot and killed at a demonstration in Saana on Friday became the first confirmed journalist to die in action in Yemen since unrest began there in January, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.
Jamal Al-Sharaabi, a photojournalist for the independent weekly Al-Masdar, died when gunmen fired on demonstrators opposing President Ali Abdullah Saleh, CPJ said, citing local media and the Yemeni Journalists' Syndicate.
Saleh declared a state of emergency after the demonstration during which the gunmen including snipers killed at least 25 protesters.
The president denied his police were behind the massacre. CPJ said 44 were killed.