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April 10, 2006

A Cherished Thank-You

We received this note of appreciation from Mohammed Al-Asadi , formerly the editor-in-chief of the Yemen Observer:

A million Thanks to ... everybody who has shown care and concerns for my situation during my imprisonment and trial. The trial is still ongoing and the newspaper is also closed down. We can't print the newspaper up till this moment, we only work on the website www.yobserver.com

Thanks for you all. I am really indebted to you all!

The print version of the Yemen Observer was closed by the Yemeni authorities when they published small thumbnail pictures of the Jyllands-Posten cartoons. The on-line version continues its excellent English language coverage of events in Yemen here:

Yemen Observer

Al-Asadi has resigned his position with that paper to spare them further government reprisals, and has started his own on-line newspaper, which is currently under development:

Yemen Mirror

It is awe-inspiring to consider the courage of this man, who continues to practice his profession of journalism while his ongoing trial before the corrupt Yemeni authorities threatens to end his life. He stands among Lech Walesa, Vaclav Havel, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi, Oriana Fallaci, Thomas Paine and others in his crafting of words as a force for freedom.

Here are some remarks from his announcement for his new venture:

Yemen Mirror is a newly born English language newspaper. It emerges within the most difficult times for the freedom of expression in the Republic of Yemen.

The Mirror seeks to be recognized as Yemen's first real independent newspaper published online in English from within Yemen. It aims to provide professional and objective coverage to all news and current affairs with equal opportunities for diverse opinions.

The Mirror is founded and headed by Mohammed Al-Asadi, a Yemeni journalist who quite recently served about two weeks in the prison in accusation of republishing the controversial Danish cartoons.

Our previous coverage of the events in Yemen is here.

Comprehensive background and a good Blogosphere round-up from thirty days ago can be found in Michelle Malkin's archives here.

One weblog which continues to provide ongoing coverage of the situation in Yemen is Armies of Liberation. We recommend frequent visits.

Cross-posted from American Daughter.

Posted by Nancy at April 10, 2006 7:58 PM

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