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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Number Date Name Location Feel free to add a comment:
18464 5.5 years ago Mark Mansfield Geneva, NY , US
18463 5.5 years ago Abdulkadoos Hieder Sanaa, YE
18462 5.5 years ago Nathan Myers Davis, OR , US
18461 5.5 years ago José Esteves Lisboa, ot , PT
18460 5.5 years ago Terri Thomas LAHAINA, HI , US
18459 5.5 years ago Casey Pittman Coppell, TX , US
18458 5.5 years ago Brian Danniels Delray Beach, FL , US
18457 5.5 years ago Dennis DeMarinis NEW BEDFORD, MA , US
18456 5.5 years ago Murphy Thibodeau Barboursville, VA , US
18455 5.5 years ago Christel Peeples Riverside, CA , US
18454 5.5 years ago Heidi McLean Sacramento, CA , US
18453 5.5 years ago Christina Chen Westfield, NJ , US
18452 5.5 years ago Elizabeth Gabor Astoria, NY , US President Obama, your attempt to suppress a free press in Yemen is outright un-American. Mr. Shaye has committed no crime and must be released.
18451 5.5 years ago Ann Voight Norfolk, VA , US
18450 5.5 years ago Jerry Costley Centerville, UT , US
18449 5.5 years ago Sri Maddukuri Englewood Cliffs, NJ , US Filthy two-party scumbags. This is why I vote for third parties and will never quit.
18448 5.5 years ago Wyman Whipple Dahinda, IL , US
18447 5.5 years ago Stephanie Perdew Osprey, FL , US
18446 5.5 years ago Olga Strickland Mesa, CA , US
18445 5.5 years ago Maggie Chen Irvine, CA , US LET HIM GO.
18444 5.5 years ago Carl Anderson Yeadon, PA , US
18443 5.5 years ago Aaron Sweeney NY, NY , US
18442 5.5 years ago Aaron Sweeney NY, NY , US
18441 5.5 years ago Angela Okuribido Baltimore, MD , US No reporter should ever be imprisoned for spreading the truth. Those people responsible for keeping him in prison are wicked and will receive their full reward in time to come.
18440 5.5 years ago Jason Boyer Kamas, UT , US
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