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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18539 9.6 years ago kateryne lora albany , NY , US
18538 9.6 years ago Pedro Ramirez Dallas , TX , US
18537 9.6 years ago marc mcconkey Palm Bay, FL , US
18536 9.6 years ago Anonymous DE Congratulations to all those involved in securing Shaye's release. It should be war criminals who are imprisoned, not journalists
18535 9.6 years ago Joshua Chennault iowa park, TX , US
18534 9.6 years ago Marty Steiner Santa Rosa, CA , US You've got to be kidding me, Mr. President?!?! How can this in any way, shape or form be justified????
18533 9.6 years ago David Hare Edinburgh, ot , GB Disgraceful. Please explain, what did you get that Nobel Peace Prize for again?
18532 9.6 years ago Daniel Belachew Cambridge, MA , US
18531 9.6 years ago Desta Waldu Boston, MA , US
18530 9.6 years ago Peter Wagner Van Nuys, CA , US
18529 9.6 years ago Peter Wagner Van Nuys, CA , US
18528 9.6 years ago Anonymous broomfield, CO , US
18527 9.6 years ago qahar aslam broomfield, CO , US
18526 9.6 years ago Per Olov Olsson Växjö, ot , SE
18525 9.6 years ago Toni Poland Indianapolis, IN , US
18524 9.6 years ago Karl Wacey Brno, MN , CZ The truth must not be gagged – release Shaye now!
18523 9.7 years ago E Elkins DERWOOD, MD , US
18522 9.7 years ago kamuran erkus toronto, ON , CA
18521 9.7 years ago Greg Cameron Surrey, BC , CA
18520 9.7 years ago Mark Barone CA , US
18519 9.7 years ago Paul Alford III Austin, TX , US Got Freedom of the Press?
18518 9.7 years ago Connie Stomper Santa Barbara, CA , US
18517 9.7 years ago Anonymous Honolulu, HI , US
18516 9.7 years ago John Brennan Dallas, TX , US
18515 9.7 years ago Philippe Paludetto Dransfeld , ot , DE
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