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Media, rights groups decry Houthi court's execution orders

Yemen is without a doubt hostile to the press, but the death sentences imposed on four journalists by a Houthi court shocked many observers.

While the world is preoccupied with the coronavirus pandemic, four Yemeni journalists detained by Houthi rebels since June 2015 face execution. 

On April 11, the Houthi-run Specialized Criminal Court sentenced the four journalists to death on charges of spying for the Saudi-led coalition that backs the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. The same court convicted on the same charge six other journalists who were released but ordered to remain under police surveillance for three years.

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