Well, we knew it couldn’t last…just days after reports circulated regarding corruption in the offices of al Mithaq – most notably by GPC Secretary General Abdul Karim al Iryani – we have the first libel suit. I have pointed out in the past that this is the major problem when it comes to Yemeni journalism and its use for sniffing out corruption, and now we have a prime example.
I find it interesting that al Mithaq, a corporation, is filing the libel suit and not al-Iryani. It makes perfect sense politically – they don’t want to link al Iryani with this thing at all…not even to acknowledge it. Legally though, if the allegations are proven false, al Iryani will be the one who will have suffered the most damages…not al Mithaq. The Director here is trying to claim that the “slander campaign” is aimed at “hindering” the company’s work…so basically, their haven’t been any real damages yet – only “aims.” Oh, wait, their are damages – al Mithaq feels “offended”.
If al Mithaq wins this, the courts will have reaffirmed the inability of the press to conduct the most basic of investigative journalistic practices, and they will severely hinder any real chance of decreasing corruption within the Republic. We shall see if the judiciary protects the press or corruption…I’m not holding my breathe. The corrupt tend to protect the corrupt.
UPDATE: More details in the Arabic version.
Al-Mithaq Sues Those Committing Libel
almotamar.net – Almotamar.net has learned Thursday that the Al-Mithaq General Establishment for Printing and Publication has retained the offices of the two lawyers Yasser Abdulrazzaq al-Amiri and lawyer Hassan Majli to tender and follow up judicial procedures for the prosecution and holding accountable those who have been causing the libel campaign against the establishment.
Director General of Al-Mithaq Adel Mohammed Qaed said the slander campaign against the Al-Mithaq Establishment is an attempt paid for aimed at hindering its work with the aim of deformation and offence.
Al-Mithaq director general told almoitamar.net the establishment preserves its right to sue those who are used intentionally to offend the establishment, whether those competing it commercially or others as well as those standing behind the campaign.