BRUSSELS, June 2 (KUNA) -- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Tuesday expressed "grave concern" over the life of Salih Sanhan of the Yemeni news agency SABA, who was kidnaped on May 29.
Sanhan, director of SABA office in Hajjah (northwestern Yemen), was reportedly kidnapped in that city last Friday afternoon by the Houthi rebels and is currently held in the political security prison.
"We call for the immediate release of Salih Sanhan and the protection of all reporters working in the country," said IFJ's President Jim Boumelha in a statement.
He noted that the IFJ has repeatedly asked the warring parties to respect the rights of journalists in a conflict that has already claimed the lives of eight journalists in Yemen since the start of the year.
The IFJ is also raising these killings with the UN so that they are investigated and those responsible for them are brought to justice.
The Brussels-based IFJ represents more than 600,000 journalists in 134 countries. (end) nk.hb