Gunmen kill Yemeni journalist in Aden

A Yemeni photographer has become the 16th journalist to be killed in Yemen since the start of the country’s civil war.

al-monitor An undated image of Nabil Hasan al-Quaety. Photo by TWITTER.

Jun 3, 2020

A Yemeni photojournalist was shot dead near his home in Aden on Tuesday. Nabil Hasan al-Quaety, 34, was attacked by gunmen as he rode in his car in Yemen’s de facto capital, Agence France-Presse reported. Quaety was an AFP contributor.

Yemen’s government condemned the attack and called for an investigation into the incident. A security source told AFP that the assailants got away.

“We condemn this crime against Quaety, whose work was to cover events and facts in pictures,” Najib Ghallab, undersecretary at Yemen's Information Ministry, told AFP.

“It seems that his work has caused outrage among some extremist parties,” Ghallab said.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Quaety is the 16th journalist killed in Yemen since the start of the country’s civil war, now in its fifth year. Quaety and his wife have three children, with another on the way.

Phil Chetwynd, AFP’s global news director, praised Quaety’s work, saying that “threats and intimidation” did not deter the journalist. “Through his work with AFP over the past five years, Nabil had helped to show a global audience the full horror of the conflict in Yemen. The quality of his work had been widely recognized,” Chetwynd said.

Quaety’s work attracted international recognition, earning him a spot among finalists in the United Kingdom’s Rory Peck Award in 2016. Judges called his work “rare and outstanding.”

All sides in the war have suppressed press freedoms. In April, the country’s Houthi rebels sentenced four journalists to death for spying, while releasing six others held on charges of spreading “false news.” The country ranks near the very bottom of Reporters Without Borders’ press freedom index.

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