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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18514 5.5 years ago Philippe Paludetto Dransfeld- germany, ot , DE
18513 5.5 years ago marc McMurtrey Lavaca, AR , US
18512 5.5 years ago Elvira Vahlström Boden, ot , SE
18511 5.5 years ago Anonymous NY , US
18510 5.5 years ago beverly rosen providence, RI , US
18509 5.5 years ago Matthew Ransom Fayetteville, AR , US
18508 5.5 years ago Adam Lingner Maple Grove, TX , US
18507 5.5 years ago Kelley Foster Portland, OR , US CLOSE GUANTANAMO NOW !!!!!!!
18506 5.5 years ago Beverly Stoeltje Bloominton , IN , US With all due respect, imprisoning journalists who report on situations of conflict, and killing innocent people with missles and drones does not make friends anywhere in the world!
18505 5.5 years ago Anonymous hamburg, ot , DE
18504 5.5 years ago Sharon Gillespie Austin, TX , US
18503 5.5 years ago David M Eggleston Midland, TX , US
18502 5.5 years ago Daniel Belachew Cambridge, MA , US
18501 5.5 years ago Caroline Scullin West Chester , PA , US
18500 5.5 years ago Cameron Gaffney Ipswich, ot , AU Oh, c'mon! What's the crime?
18499 5.5 years ago Laura Klein Bronx, NY , US
18498 5.5 years ago Warren Menges Garibaldi, OR , US
18497 5.5 years ago rosita mondrzejewski PA , US
18496 5.5 years ago Ananda Sherwood Springfield, OR , US
18495 5.5 years ago Ryan Hebert Broussard, LA , US
18494 5.5 years ago Daniel Jones Alexandria, VA , US
18493 5.5 years ago Lesley Laing McMinnville, OR , US Free and open in depth investigative reporting is essential to a free and open, democratic society. In recognition of this, please free Shaye immediately.
18492 5.5 years ago helen watson almonte, ON , CA
18491 5.5 years ago John Adams North Vancouver, BC , CA
18490 5.5 years ago David Schwartz Louisa, VA , US
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