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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18439 5.4 years ago m lerman scottsdale, AZ , US
18438 5.4 years ago Nancy Okita Crystal Lake, IL , US
18437 5.4 years ago Timothy Gilmore San Francisco, CA , US Dear Mr. President, please stop giving our money to the Fascist Republicanazis so you can make political capital.
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Traitors, criminals and thieves run our government!
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Improve the American prison system: If, as Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote, “the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons” then we are a nation of barbarians. Our vast network of federal and state prisons, with some 2.3 million inmates, rivals the gulags of totalitarian states. Once you disappear behind prison walls you become prey. Rape. Torture. Beatings. Prolonged isolation. Sensory deprivation. Racial profiling. Chain gangs. Forced labor. Rancid food. Children imprisoned as adults. Prisoners forced to take medications to induce lethargy. Inadequate heating and ventilation. Poor health care. Draconian sentences for nonviolent crimes. Endemic violence. Putting people in jail and keeping them there is good for business. So, of course, that\'s what for-profit prison companies\' lobbies do. According to the Justice Policy Institute, these companies "have contributed $835,514 to federal candidates and over $6 million to state politicians". All for profit...Keep giving in to White-wing tea party Republicanazi demands, and we\'ll ALL be in a coast-to-coast, border-to-border, for-profit prison.
\'Way to go, Mr. President.

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18436 5.4 years ago Betty Banks Oakland, CA , US
18435 5.4 years ago jeff Kernan Florence, OR , US
18434 5.4 years ago Alice Watt Atlanta, GA , US
18433 5.4 years ago Arden Stanton Ann Arbor, MI , US
18432 5.4 years ago Marjorie Steakley Dallas, TX , US
18431 5.4 years ago John Trinder South Prairie , WA , US
18430 5.4 years ago Shoshanna Mashiach Williams, OR , US Unbelievable! What in the world would we do without journalism. The written word! Think about it. Journalism is not a crime!
18429 5.4 years ago Christopher Marshall Santa Rosa, CA , US
18428 5.4 years ago Hugo Perilla lakeland, FL , US
18427 5.4 years ago Pat Bereczki Vancouver, WA , US
18426 5.4 years ago Mark Hanley Oakland, CA , US
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18417 5.4 years ago Travis Glenn TX , US If I didn't read I might foolishly think that you are trying to protect American interests. Grandpa one told me that 'the truth will set you free'
18416 5.4 years ago Nancy Bowie Scotts Valley, CA , US
18415 5.4 years ago Dana Stickney Mattapoisett, MA , US Dear President Obama, stop interfering with freedom of the press (anywhere it happens)!!
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