Dec 17, 2014 4:18 AM

Yemeni Shiite rebels take over state-run newspaper

The Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen (AP) Yemen's official news agency says the country's powerful Shiite 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 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 Shiite 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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