Unacceptable: Obama Keeping Reporter in Prison in Yemen

July 23, 2013: Shaye has been freed!  Thank you to everyone who helped!

On December 17, 2009, U.S. Tomahawk missiles and incendiary cluster bombs rained down on the tiny Yemeni village of al Majala, killing 21 children, 14 women, and 6 men, and burning all the homes and their contents. The government of Yemen falsely claimed responsibility.  Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye disproved that claim.

While the U.S. government was searching for U.S. citizen Anwar Awlaki to kill him, Shaye repeatedly tracked him down and interviewed him.  These were tough and serious interviews, with Shaye asking Awlaki how he could possibly support acts of violence.  Awlaki's image was not helped.

On February 2, 2011, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, under public pressure, had drawn up, printed out, and was prepared to sign a pardon of Shaye, imprisoned on trumped-up charges.  But Saleh received a phone call from President Barack Obama, who opposed release of the journalist.  Saleh ripped up the pardon.

Americans will learn Shaye's story in the film version of Dirty Wars, which opens in U.S. theaters on June 7. 
Let's seize this moment to tell President Obama and the Yemeni government that a journalist should not be locked up for doing his job.

Flyer to hand out at Dirty Wars or anywhere: PDF.


Dirty Wars, the Book
Dirty Wars, the Film (opens June 7!)
Jeremy Scahill: Why Is Obama Keeping a Journalist in Prison?
Iona Craig: Will Obama keep Yemeni Journalist in Jail?
Letter from Abdulelah Haider Shaye
White House: President's Call With President Saleh

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18564 9.4 years ago Anonymous Rolling Hills Estates, CA , US
18563 9.4 years ago Roger Harkness Oklahoma City, OK , US
18562 9.4 years ago jeff hopkins Lindenhurst, IL , US
18561 9.4 years ago Kelly Roberts Las Vegas, NV , US
18560 9.4 years ago Rene Pugh Downingtown, PA , US
18559 9.4 years ago Anonymous Addison, TX , US
18558 9.4 years ago Wayne Doucette Everett, WA , US
18557 9.4 years ago Curt Vinson Friendswood, TX , US We The People of The United States of America: Demand the release of Abdulelah Haider Shaye.....stop hiding the truth Mr. President!
18556 9.4 years ago Dominick Ambrosio Philadelphia, PA , US
18555 9.4 years ago Alene Shaull Crystal Lake, IL , US
18554 9.4 years ago kristen fuentes snd city, CA , US
18553 9.4 years ago roxy harrington holmen, WI , US
18552 9.4 years ago jennifer tozzi toms river, NJ , US
18551 9.4 years ago Dameris Liberatore US
18550 9.4 years ago Dameris Liberatore US
18549 9.4 years ago Felipe Augusto Barreto Alves Fortaleza, DC , US
18548 9.5 years ago Carolyn Thompon Rio Nido, CA , US
18547 9.5 years ago Colin Hargreaves Peterborough, ot , GB
18546 9.5 years ago James Hansen Wilmette, IL , US
18545 9.5 years ago AMY HRICSINA Albuquerque, NM , US
18544 9.5 years ago Charles Mullin Commerce City, CO , US
18543 9.5 years ago Stephen Hill Haymarket, VA , US You call your self the President? You only care about left wing poloticans. You should be ashamed of yourself. This Is America and your not being American in any way
18542 9.5 years ago Ingrid Erickson Bellingham, WA , US
18541 9.5 years ago Frances Velnaar AU
18540 9.5 years ago Roger Francoeur Exeter, NH , US
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