Yousuf Ajlan

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Yousuf Ajlan
Nationality Yemen
Occupation journalist
Known for believed to have been secretly seized for criticism disliked by the current government

Yousuf Ajlan is a Yemeni journalist who was seized from his home, on October 16 2016, and who his friends believe is being held in secret extrajudicial detention.[1][2][3][4] Militia members seized him, thought to be associated with the Houthi factions.

Roy Greenslade, reporting for The Guardian, wrote that Ajlan had a past history of covering controversial topics, like Yemeni individuals held in Guantanamo, and Yemen's detention of American citizen Sharif Mobley, but that he had retired from journalism after a previous capture, in March 2015.[1][2][3] Greenslade noted Ajlan was the sixteenth journalist to be captured in 2016.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Roy Greenslade (2016-11-18). "Fears grow for the 16th journalist abducted in Yemen this year: Former website editor was taken from his home a month ago by Houthi militia". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 2017-06-25. "He is thought to be held by representatives of the Houthi, the pro-Iranian Shia-led movement that controls most of northern Yemen and is engaged in a bitter struggle with pro-government forces backed by Saudi Arabia." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lucia Calderón Portugal (2016-11-19). "Periodista lleva un mes secuestrado [Journalist kidnapped for one month]" (in Portugese). Clases de Periodismo (Portugal). Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Press release on the abduction of colleague Yousuf Ajlan". Almasdar online. 2016-11-14. Retrieved 2017-06-25. "The Houthi militias kidnapped on 15 of last October our fellow journalist Yousuf Ajlan from outside his house in the capital Sana'a." 
  4. Moammar Al-Eryani (2017-12-05). "EXCLUSIVE TO THE MEDIA LINE: The Lost Freedom of Expression in Yemen". The Media Line. Retrieved 2018-10-13. "Such as the detention of the opposition journalist and lecturer at Sana’a Media College Yahya alGubaihi and his son because he went to receive treatment in a Saudi hospital. Also the detention of Yousef Ajlan who runs the opposition Almasdar Online website, and journalist Abdulrahim Mohsin and Kamil alkhawdani among others."