Working in the Yemeni media for the last nine years, the most shocking aspect to believe is that 99% of Yemeni media outlets in Yemen give great attention to analyzing, while giving little attention to investigations.
This is the one of the main reasons why corruption is growing on a daily basis in Yemen. The media is known internationally as being the watch dog for any corruption that takes place. When corrupt officials see that media, in most circumstances, is not willing to investigate, they continue in their illegal actions.
With no investigative reporting, and in a country where the judiciary system is also corrupt, what chance of change could possibly come to Yemen in the near future?
From a media prospective, journalists in Yemen say that they crave investigative reporting, but because of the financial situation that independent media goes through in Yemen, they are forced to work with the little they have. Investigative reporting needs long hours of work, and on average, it would take a media outlet a complete month at least to finish one investigation.
The Yemen Post calls on all media outlets in Yemen to start investigative reporting according to international standards. The role of the media is bigger and greater than what we have in Yemen. Violation after violation, and Yemeni media looks with no real investigative action.
We also call on the international community to financially support Yemeni media to uproot corruption through investigative reporting. Very little can go a long way in supporting a media industry that has unfortunately gone wrong, somewhat.
Yemen Post here vows to directly or indirectly revive investigative reporting, therefore, reviving the media industry with professional investigations on corrupt officials under international standards.
Let’s work together to make Yemen a more democratic nation by revealing those who stand behind a corrupt Yemen.
ABOUT Yemen Post Publisher & Chief Editor:
Hakim Almasmari is an American journalist and Middle East expert based in Sana'a, Yemen. His work has appeared for many of the worlds top media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Washington Post, AlJazeera, Fox News, The Guardian, The National, USA Today among numerous others. He has also worked with some of the world’s top organizations. Reporting out of Yemen for nearly eight years, he is the current editor in chief for the Yemen Post. He is a university lecturer in the field of international media and also studied business and law. Considered one of the top experts on Yemen, Almasmari has closely worked with international strategic centers and think tanks helping them better understand Yemen. He is a frequent guest on many international TV outlets discussing current local and international affairs. Almasmari's ancestors are from Yemen, and was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA. His mother tongue is English and is fluent in Arabic.