Yemen newspaper staff abducted by gunmen

Gunmen in Yemen's Aden have abducted at least seven staff of a newspaper group that was already hit by an arson attack earlier this month, AFP reported Tuesday (March 27th).

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said the Friday kidnappings from the group's headquarters in the southern city, which is the seat of the government, showed there was nowhere in Yemen where journalists could feel safe.

Unidentified armed men stormed the offices of the al-Shomou Foundation, which publishes a daily and a weekly newspaper, and kidnapped the staff, the CPJ said.

"Journalists in Yemen would appear to be at risk everywhere -- on the street, in their homes and their places of work," the CPJ's deputy executive director, Robert Mahoney, said in a statement on Monday.

"The authorities must do everything to find those who have been kidnapped and return them safely to their families."

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