Yemeni-Saudi Media Fight [Archives:1999/52/Front Page]

December 28 1999

Several Saudi newspapers unleashed their anger last week by running stories critical of the Yemeni regime, including President Ali Abdullah Saleh by name. The Saudi papers’ barrage comes following Yemeni media attack on Saudi Arabia. The Saudis accused President Saleh of masterminding the attacks by opposition and ‘independent’ Yemeni papers. 
“Even though the Yemeni newspapers in question are privately-owned, that is a mere technicality as they operate under presidential patronage. We believe there is official sanction behind the attacks,” the Saudis wrote.