Yemen: Copies of newspaper confiscated

Yemeni security forces confiscated copies of Ahdath al-Madina, a local independent newspaper, on 7 August. Security forces seized the paper from newsstands in order to stop its distribution on the national level.  Last April, security forces confiscated and publicly burned issues of the same paper, because of material deemed to be “detrimental to the president [Ali Abdullah Saleh]”. Yemen has had anti-regime protests since February. According to the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), security forces regularly remove newspapers in order to suppress the public’s growing frustrations with President Saleh.