The Houthi group on Tuesday referred 16 journalists of the official al-Thawra press corporation to prosecution over charges of inciting against work in protest of unpaid wages, Yemeni union sources said, as the group denied.
The Public Prosecution summoned 16 journalists to appear for investigation over complaint filed by former editor who accused them of being agents for the legitimate government and inciting colleagues to go in strike, after they had asked for their unpaid wages and criticized Houthi corruption, the sources added.
The accusations have been fabricated in an attempt to evade claimsby the journalists, whom Houthis have forced them to work for free and misappropriated their international food aid for more a year, the sources claimed.
The Houthi-run al-Thawra corporation dismissed the reports as baseless, as "journalists do their daily work normally and with all freedom."
The prosecution summon is based on the 31 lawsuit of 2017 in connection to assault against the former chairman, but has nothing to do with the allegations, the Sana'a-based Saba quoted the al-Thawra as saying.
Their advocate lawyer has asked the PP for clarification and for cancelation of the summon as the referred case had been already settled, the corporation added.
It accused Yemeni Journalist Syndicate, official minister of information and Central Bank governor of "stealing the salaries of al-Thawra staff for more than two years."
The syndicate had to "call for payment of the journalists' stolen salaries."
Yemen has been racked by a 4-year bloody conflictbetween the internationally-recognized Yemeni government's forces, backed by a Saudi-led coalition, and the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who ousted the government in 2014.