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A boy rides a bike through the rubble Yemen in March 2015 (AFP Photo/MOHAMMED HUWAIS)

Aden-An Arab rights organization said that 19 journalists were killed in Yemen between 2015 and 2016; eight were killed in 2015 and 11 in 2016.

The organization added that seven of these journalists were killed in gunfire and rocket attacks by Houthi and Saleh militias.

Rights Radar organization for human rights in Arab world released a report entitled: “Yemen: Suppressing Voices,” which addresses issues of violations of press freedom and freedom of expression in Yemen from mid-2014 until the end of the first quarter of 2017.

The report mentioned that 22 journalists working in the media remain in detention centers, including one detained by AQAP militants and a further 21 detained in Houthi and Saleh prisons.

The report includes an executive summary on the status of press freedom and violations in Yemen during the past 30 months and a brief presentation of the most prominent cases of killings, kidnappings, arrests, and trials.

Amongst these violations was the issuing of a death sentence against the prominent journalist Yahya Abdul-Raqeeb al-Jubaihi.

It highlights how the freedom of the press in Yemen faced its worst time in the years of 2015 and 2016.

“Press in Yemen is stained with blood, susceptible to abuse, killing, suppression, and death sentences,” said the report.

“Detained journalists in Yemen are subjected to the worst forms of torture and face death sentences by the Houthis and Saleh militias in Sana’a.”