Yemeni Minister of Information Muammar al-Iryani has questioned how a “criminal responsible for thousands of violations against the Yemeni people” could be given space to publish an opinion piece in the Washington Post.
The op-ed by Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the head of the so-called the Supreme Revolutionary Committee of the Houthi militia, was published by the US newspaper on November 9.
In a series of posts on his Twitter account, Iryani said: “the criminal Mohammed Ali al-Houthi is directly responsible for the thousands of crimes and abuses committed by the militias against Yemenis, including the killing and bombing of the homes of dissidents, the shelling and besieging of cities, and crimes against hundreds of journalists who were killed, Many are still in militia jails.”
He added: "The Washington Post published an article by a leader of the Iranian-allied militia group, which was classified by international organizations concerned with journalists as the most serious threat to journalists and the freedom of the media from a sympathetic organization while the US administration is considering the classification of Houthi as a terrorist group."
"The Washington Post does not know that the Iranian-allied militia claims its divine right to rule and does not agree with it in peace. It turned against constitutional institutions and the democratic process, surrounded the head of state elected by the people, surrounded the prime minister and the ministers in their homes and put them under house arrest,” he said.
He added: "Does the newspaper not know that the Houthi militia has looted the public treasury and cash reserves and stopped the salaries of state employees, and blew up the houses of opponents and looted property, and became wealthy while the rest of the people in their areas controlled by them lived in starvation and the fear of the brutality of this terrorist militia."
"The Washington Post did not know that the militia had even betrayed its political allies in the General People’s Congress when it moved its gunmen to storm and confiscate the headquarters of the party, the houses of its leaders, assassinating former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the party’s assistant secretary Aref al-Zuka.”