As Houthi rebels closed in on the presidential palace calling for reforms, Alhurra Television and Radio Sawa’s correspondents were there to give audiences a first-hand account of the chaos in the streets of Sana’a. Alhurra quickly focused its resources and programming on the crisis in Yemen. Alhurra’s coverage went far beyond the Yemeni borders. Through its wide network of correspondents around the world and the U.S., Alhurra provided international reaction not found on other Arabic-language networks. Exclusive footage was provided to the other BBG networks.
When the Houthis kidnapped officials and stormed the Presidential palace, Alhurra brought together Yemeni, American, Saudi and Iranian experts and analysts to discuss what can be done to bring stability to the fragile country and end the current crisis. Alhurra interviewed the Yemeni Minister of Information and Towakkol Karman, the recent Yemeni Nobel Peace Prize winner about the deteriorating situation. The network’s dedicated correspondents at the U.N., Pentagon and State Department brought the latest comments from the U.S and the international community.
In addition to updates in all of its newscasts, Radio Sawa’s in-depth daily program Sawa Magazine interviewed representatives from Houthi and the Yemeni government to talk about the underlying causes for the uprising.
As news broke of a tentative deal made between the Yemeni government and Houthi representatives Alhurra was live with its correspondent in Sana’a and reaction from the State Department. Within hours of posting the story of the ceasefire on Alhurra’s Facebook page, the story had more 3,000 ‘likes’ and nearly 100 comments.