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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18414 5.3 years ago L.A. Harris Poughkeepsie, NY , US When someone tells the truth, the leaders in the U.S. need to allow that at the very least, and be supportive of the truth telling. We are tired of White House lies.
18413 5.3 years ago Brian Menard Ashland city, TN , US
18412 5.3 years ago Pamela Vasquez Salem, OR , US
18411 5.3 years ago Kendall Cramer NC , US
18410 5.3 years ago Rev Crow Swimsaway PhD New Marshfield, OH , US
18409 5.3 years ago Anonymous Westport Island, ME , US What reasonably informed citizen can trust what our govt says or does any longer? Distrust and corruption permeates everything.
18408 5.3 years ago Gary Lee Signal Hill, CA , US
18407 5.3 years ago Will Sampson Waterford, MI , US
18406 5.3 years ago Charlotte Sibley Berwyn, PA , US
18405 5.3 years ago keith campbell Vung Tau , ot , VN
18404 5.3 years ago Kevin Simpson Auburn, ME , US Not the change I voted for. Shameful and unacceptable.
18403 5.3 years ago Khaled bu
18402 5.3 years ago Anonymous Chaska, MN , US I support freedom of the press, Mr. President, and you have a duty to uphold the Constitution.
18401 5.3 years ago Corrine Molling Onalaska, WI , US
18400 5.3 years ago M Richardson Saint Paul, MN , US
18399 5.3 years ago David Zuch Los Angeles, CA , US
18398 5.3 years ago Keith C. Schnip Bellingham, WA , US
18397 5.3 years ago Annie Nguyen Irvine, CA , US
18396 5.3 years ago Pat Irwin Newton, MA , US This is not the President Obama the people of the US elected. Who kidnapped him? Where is he? Who put this changeling in his place?
18395 5.3 years ago Chris Webb San Jose, CA , US
18394 5.3 years ago Chris Webb San Jose, CA , US
18393 5.3 years ago Phillip Woolery Lawrenceburg, KY , US
18392 5.3 years ago Forrest Guyton Phoenix, MD , US Mr. President, if you have any questions see http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/
18391 5.3 years ago Anonymous Tacoma, WA , US Protect the First Amendendment everywhere.
18390 5.3 years ago Anonymous Minneapolis, MN , US
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