Yemeni journalist Nabil Hasan al-Quaety shot dead in Aden
Friday, June 5, 2020
Nabil Hasan al-Quaety, a photo- and videojournalist from Yemen, died in the city of , in southern Yemen, on Tuesday after being shot in his car. He was 34 and reported extensively on the nation's .
|journalists are now favourite targets, regardless of the region they cover|
—Sabrina Bennoui, of RSF
Al-Quaety, who contributed to Agence France-Presse among other news organizations, openly supported independence for South Yemen. The , previously an ally of the government, is currently in conflict against it. Both sides also oppose rebels. Both the council and the government called for his death to be investigated.
Multiple assailants attacked al-Quaety shortly after he left his nearby home, then, according to security officials, fled. He is survived by three children and his pregnant wife. A freelancer, he was a 2016 Facebook on Tuesday there were suspects in custody.finalist for his coverage of the conflict. In 2019 he survived a drone attack that left six soldiers dead. The city's security chief, Abdullah al-Jahafi, announced on
"Nabil's murder is unacceptable and constitutes a terrible new blow to journalism in Yemen[...] journalists are now favourite targets, regardless of the region they cover", said Sabrina Bennoui of Reporters Without Borders. Phil Chetwynd, director of global news for AFP, called the death "the senseless killing of a courageous journalist doing his job despite threats and intimidation." Chetwynd also praised the quality of al-Quaety's work.
- Reuters and Zachary Keyser. "Photojournalist and AFP contributor Nabil Hasan al-Quaety killed in Yemen" — , June 3, 2020
- Bethan McKernan. "Yemeni journalist who backed independence for south is shot dead" — , June 3, 2020