Yemeni Shi'ite rebels take over state newspaper

2014-12-17 16:24
Shiite rebels chant slogans at the compound of the army's First Armored Division, after they took it over, in Sanaa, Yemen. (Hani Mohammed, AP)

Shiite rebels chant slogans at the compound of the army's First Armored Division, after they took it over, in Sanaa, Yemen. (Hani Mohammed, AP)

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Sanaa - Yemen's official news agency says the country's powerful Shi'ite rebels who control the capital, Sanaa, have stormed the building of the nation's main state newspaper and ousted the chief editor.

SABA quotes the Information Ministry as saying al-Thawra's headquarters was overrun on Wednesday in order "to manipulate editorial policy”.

It calls the action a "blatant assault" and a "grave violation of the freedom of the press”.

The ministry did not openly say the Shi'ite Houthis, who swept into Sanaa and several major cities over the past months, were behind the assault.

Officials at the paper say armed militants raided the building and ousted chief editor, Faisal Makram, after accusing him of corruption.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity for fear for their own safety.

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