Unacceptable: Obama Keeping Reporter in Prison in Yemen



UPDATE
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.

Background:

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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18488 4.4 years ago Tausif Khan Morrisville, PA , US It is against every thing America was founded on to hold a journalist in jail because he exposed a crime by the United States government. Free Abdulelah Haider Shaye.
18487 4.4 years ago Catherine Gooze Ballston Lake, NY , US
18486 4.4 years ago Robert Butler Sacramento, CA , US
18485 4.4 years ago Ahmed Jamal SE
18484 4.4 years ago Barbara Riley Columbus, OH , US Investigative journalism is the bedrock of a free society. The increasing assaults on journalists in this county is truly frightening! Deprived of accurate information we are more easily controlled,...
18483 4.4 years ago Barbara Riley Columbus, OH , US Investigative journalism is the bedrock of a free society. The increasing assaults on journalists in this county is truly frightening! Deprived of accurate information we are more easily controlled,...
18482 4.4 years ago Derec Dodge Hermitage, TN , US
18481 4.4 years ago Elene Gooze Ballston Lake, NY , US
18480 4.4 years ago Elene Gooze Ballston Lake, NY , US
18479 4.4 years ago Elene Gooze Ballston Lake, NY , US
18478 4.4 years ago Martin Davis Eugene, OR , US
18477 4.4 years ago Anonymous Westminster, MD , US
18476 4.4 years ago Ed Pool Myrtle Point, OR , US
18475 4.4 years ago Gerhard Schnehen Bochum, ot , DE Obama, the 'champion' of free speech, or rather the champion of the financial elite?
18474 4.4 years ago Bret Stockton PHX, AZ , US So much for transparency in the Obama administration.
18473 4.4 years ago Michael Sandler Kula, HI , US
18472 4.4 years ago Jenny Bramlette Wesley Chapel, FL , US
18471 4.4 years ago Donna Goings Charlottesville, VA , US Without journalist there is no freedom of ideas.
18470 4.4 years ago B Kirkpatrick Hanover, NH , US Free journalist. Where is our journalist from New Hampshire? He was last seen in Syria?????
18469 4.4 years ago kate patatsos Melbourne, KY , US
18468 4.4 years ago Anonymous Manassas, VA , US Obama and the U.S. government do not rule the world. That is not their job.

Journalism is not a crime. It is a job. It is a brave duty to report the truth to society and fewer and fewe...
18467 4.4 years ago Heather Peck VA , US
18466 4.4 years ago Stuart Chase Boulder, CO , US
18465 4.4 years ago Louise Newton Tokyo, ot , US
18464 4.4 years ago Mark Mansfield Geneva, NY , US
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