Yemeni jails 2 journalists for criticizing leader

Yemeni jails 2 journalis

October 31, 2009 14:38

A Yemeni court convicted two journalists of slandering the president and sentenced them to prison after they criticized the country's leader as despotic. Yemen's Press and Printing Material Court sentenced Munir al-Mawri to two years in prison and banned him from writing for life after describing President Ali Abdullah Saleh as "a weapon of mass destruction" in a November article in al-Masdar newspaper. The paper's editor Samir Jubran was sentenced to one year in jail for allowing the article to be published. "The sentence is harsh and it is a reflection of the court's violation of legal procedures," said Jubran.

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