(MENAFN) Since the outbreak of Yemen's civil war in 2014, a total of 27 journalists have lost their lives, the Yemeni Journalists Syndicate, an NGO, said Saturday.
"The press freedom [in Yemen] is going through very difficult conditions and has been subject to a systematic war since 2014," the syndicate said in a statement marking the Yemeni Press Day, which falls on June 9.
According to the statement, a total of 27 journalists "have lost their lives for the sake of fulfilling the right of the society to obtain information".
The syndicate called for the release of 12 journalists held by Houthi rebels and another
journalist taken hostage by al-Qaeda militants.
"They are living in poor conditions and are subject to brutal torture," the statement said, going on to call for piling pressure on warring rivals in Yemen to "create an appropriate and safe environment for journalists and respect the right to obtain information".
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