Members of Yemen’s Shiite Huthi militia in control of the capital have increased their attacks against journalists, including arrests and alleged torture, Human Rights Watch said on Monday.
As security in the violence-wracked nation deteriorates, the rights group said the Huthis — who swept into Sanaa last year and have battled periodically with Al-Qaeda — were committing a string of abuses against journalists.
“There has been an increase in arbitrary arrests and violence against journalists and other media workers by (the Huthis),” HRW said in a statement.
The group said the Huthis had raided the offices of at least three news outlets in Sanaa since January. It gathered testimonies from media workers who said they had been tortured while in the militia’s detention.