In a recent US State Department press release, Sean McCormack says of the recent conviction and sentencing of Yemeni journalist Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani:
The conviction and sentencing of Yemeni journalist Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani to six years in prison points to a distressing trend in Yemen of intimidation and prosecution of independent journalists in criminal and security courts. Al-Khaiwani’s sentence has been condemned by both Yemeni and international journalism and human rights NGOs.
Al-Khaiwani himself has been the victim of violence, intimidation, and kidnappings that the Government of Yemen has yet to fully investigate and prosecute those responsible.
We call upon the Government of Yemen to protect Yemeni journalists and their right to free expression in the pursuit of their profession. A free and independent media is a key component of a democratic society.
Jane Novak, who has been campaigning to spare al-Khaiwani from the death penalty and to free him says of McCormack’s statement: “Good! It is distressing. And it is a trend.”
I guess, in State Department lingo, that’s a sign that someone is peeved..