While in western Yemen clashes are ongoing between the Houthis (also known as Ansar Allah) and forces loyal to the Saudi-UAE-led coalition, Egyptian satellite company NileSat has reportedly taken Yemen’s al-Masirah television channel off air.
The alleged reason of the NileSat decision is its affiliation to the Houthis, which lead the local resistance to the Saudi-UAE-led coalition intervention in the country. The broadcast was cut on November 28 evening.
A spokesman for the Yemeni movement reacted to the situation describing the decision as an illgal move.
“The Saudi-led aggressors cannot silence the channel. Nilesat’s decision is in line with the Saudi-led onslaught against Yemen. There are other options to counter this move. The measure confirms that we are on the right track, especially as invaders are preparing for major crimes in Yemen,” he said. “The fact that the international community is talking about the establishment of peace in Yemen and cessation of weapons sale to Saudi Arabia is the result of public pressure. This explains why the Saudi-led coalition is trying to silence al-Masirah TV station. We will continue to expose the crimes of aggressors by any possible mean.”
Al-Masirah TV is the main media influence tool of the Houthis and their allies to influence to the regional and international audience. So, of the pressure on the TV channel succeeds, the Houthis’ limited propaganda capabilities will be limited even further.