Armed men affiliated to the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh prevented on
Monday the new-appointed director of the state-run Radio and TV Institution, Eskandar
Al-Asbahi, from entering its headquarters.
Al-Asbahi is a senior media practitioner
who worked in several state media outlets as director and columnist.
Media sources said that two senior
officials of the institutions Mohammad Al-Radami and Huessein Moqbil,
coordinated with the armed men and forced Al-Asbahi to leave.
On February 2, the Sana'a office of
the state-run daily Al-Thawra was surrounded by hundreds of armed men loyal to Saleh.
The men, including pro-regime
journalists, were angered by the paper's decision to publish the newsppapr without
Saleh's picture on the front page.
They encircled the building and forced the
paper to print an issue with Saleh's image on Friday.