BRUSSELS, Belgium- Yemeni journalist, Anwar Al-Rakan, reportedly died on Jun 8, just two days after his release from a Houthi prison, amid claims he had been tortured.

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), joined its affiliate, the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS), in strongly condemning the brutal treatment in captivity, which had led to Anwar's death, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

"We utterly condemn the barbaric treatment our brother Anwar was subjected to. These systematic attacks against the press and journalists must stop immediately," said IFJ General Secretary, Anthony Bellanger.

For its part, the YJS has said, in a statement, "We strongly condemn this heinous crime that claimed Al Rakan's life and hold Houthi group fully responsible for this crime, confirming that the perpetrators shall be held to account."

The YJS documented over 300 violations of press freedom in Yemen, over 2017, and said that, 68% of them were committed by the Houthis.


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