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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18389 5.3 years ago Maria Stahl Montpelier, OH , US
18388 5.3 years ago Tina Simonton Chatham, ON , CA
18387 5.3 years ago Ian McLeod Manchester, NH , US
18386 5.3 years ago Tina Simonton Chatham, ON , CA
18385 5.3 years ago Steven Born Las Vegas, NV , US
18384 5.3 years ago Ryan McGrath Seattle, WA , US
18383 5.3 years ago Judith Hopkins Pownal, ME , US OR MURDERED!
18382 5.3 years ago josh colman watertown, TN , US Itts time americans took back our freedom.its sad that we have to take iit away from our own government but it is our government that should fear its people and people are dead sick and tired of bei...
18381 5.3 years ago Natalie Hanson Lansing, MI , US
18380 5.3 years ago Terra Bell Seattle, WA , US
18379 5.3 years ago Joel Klink Goettingen, ot , DE
18378 5.3 years ago Kelly Milford Nelspruit, ot , ZA
18377 5.3 years ago Barbara Martin Jacksonville , TX , US
18376 5.3 years ago Casey Smith Arcata, CA , US
18375 5.3 years ago Kat Russell Mill Valley, CA , US
18374 5.3 years ago Stephen Sacks Fresno, CA , US
18373 5.3 years ago Rhiyana Pineau Buford, GA , US
18372 5.3 years ago Leo Bierling St Louis, MO , US
18371 5.3 years ago marie leven Flushing, MI , US This should not be happening!
18370 5.3 years ago Leo Bierling St Louis, MO , US
18369 5.3 years ago Leo Bierling St Louis, MO , US
18368 5.3 years ago mark costanzo akron, OH , US
18367 5.3 years ago SERGE DERRICK BROOKLYN, NY , US Abdulelah Haider Shaye is being held in prison in Yemen at the insistence of the President of the United States. His only "crime" is journalism. He must be freed immediately.
18366 5.3 years ago Robert Matz Lombard, IL , US
18365 5.3 years ago sarah owenby fairview, NC , US
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