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Abdulelah Haider Shaye

Press coverage of the case of Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye who was finally released on July 23, 2013 after being held for three years in a Sana'a prison at the direct request of Barack Obama.

Obama's war on journalism

Perhaps most troubling? The president is being aided by a cadre of Benedict Arnolds within the media itself

Jeremy Scahill: Obama's Vendetta Against the Press

"You have the president of the United States," says Dirty Wars author Jeremy Scahill, "a constitutional law professor, Nobel Peace Prize winner, keeping a respected Yemeni journalist in prison seemingly because he committed the crime of doing actual journalism."

Obama and the case of a Yemeni journalist

The news that the Obama administration has been monitoring journalists from The Associated Press (AP) and Fox News has been greeted with consternation by the US media and civil liberties groups. I am uncomfortable when ... we get in the business of intervening in the good order and discipline and propagation of laws in the constitution of another state.

Op-Ed: Yemeni journalist blames Obama for continued imprisonment

Sanaa - Yemeni journalist and whistleblower Abdulelah Shaye was sentenced to a five-year jail term back in 2011 for allegedly supporting Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. He blames his continued imprisonment directly on US President Barack Obama. Shaye's original trial was widely condemned including by Amnesty International and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Meet The Other Journalist The Obama Administration Has Targeted

WASHINGTON -- James Rosen got off easy. After searching his email and tracking his whereabouts, the Department of Justice has not jailed or prosecuted the Fox News journalist, which the Obama administration says reflects its deep respect for the role of a free press.

Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye blames Obama for his continued imprisonment | McClatchy

From the moment Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye was sentenced to five years in prison in 2011 for allegedly supporting al Qaida’s Yemen-based affiliate, his punishment has been controversial – and not just because it represented the jailing of a respected writer and the trial was widely condemned as a sham by groups such as Amnesty International and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Unacceptable: Obama Keeping Reporter in Prison in Yemen

Abdulelah Haider Shaye in prison in Yemen at insistence of Obama. His only crime is journalism.

Letter from Abdullah Haider Shaye:

The following is the translated text of a message from prison by the detained journalist Abdullah Haider Shaye:
It’s inaccurate to say the Americans imprisoned me because some of them defended and supported me and opposed my detention. Actually, the only responsible for kidnapping and detaining me is Obama. So, I don’t want the media to say America or Americans have incarcerated me because it’s obvious [who is responsible].

Arabic report on message sent by Shaye from his prison cell

موقع إخباري سياسي فكري مستقل - اليمن

Yemeni Journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye to be Pardoned - this time?

Yemen signals it may release journalist accused of AQAP ties J. Dana Stuster, Foreign Policy, May 8, 2013 Yemen's transitional government is signaling that it may release Abdulelah Haider Shaye, a Yemeni journalist who was arrested in August 2010 and who U.S. intelligence officials believe supported al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Yemen observer | Hadi Promises to release Journalist Shayea

By Akram al-gaolahi During a meeting with a team from the United Nations on Monday, Yemeni President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi promised to release journalist, Abdul Elah Haider Shayea, who has been detained since August 2010 after Yemeni security authorities accused him of links to terrorism On International Day for the freedom of the press that came on May 3, the International Federation of Journalists called on the Yemeni president once more to release Shayea.

Yemen signals it may release journalist accused of AQAP ties

Yemen's transitional government is signaling that it may release Abdulelah Haider Shaye, a Yemeni journalist who was arrested in August 2010 and who U.S. intelligence officials believe supported al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Will Barack Obama keep Yemeni journalist in jail? | Index on Censorship

The president of Yemen says journalist Abdul-Elah Haidar Shaye should be released from jail. Will Barack Obama once again stand between the reporter and freedom? Iona Craig reports Yemeni journalist Abdul-Elah Haidar Shaye, imprisoned in Sana'a since August 2010, is set to be released "soon", according to a new presidential order.

IFJ.org - IFJ Global - IFJ Appeals for Release of Imprisoned Yemeni Journalist

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has sent a letter to the President of Yemen, Adb Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, appealing for the release of imprisoned journalist, Abdulelah Haider Shaye, as a sign of his commitment to media freedom on World Press Freedom Day.

Help Free Imprisoned Journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye | The Nation

Multiple human rights organizations, including Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists, have decried Shaye's imprisonment.

Free Abdulelah Shaye | The Nation

To its shame, the Obama administration continues to defend its role in the case of a jailed Yemeni journalist. "Why Is President Obama Keeping a Journalist in Prison in Yemen?" That was the question posed recently by our national security correspondent, Jeremy Scahill, on TheNation.com. It deserves a serious answer from the Obama administration.

No Press Freedom for Those Who Aggressively Report on America's Dirty Wars | The Dissenter

Today, United States officials are "reaffirming" the US's "commitment" to freedom of speech and a free press on World Press Freedom Day, however, there remains one glaring case of repression against a journalist, who President Barack Obama has ordered Yemen to keep imprisoned.

President Obama Wants A Yemeni Journalist To Be Stuck In Prison For Embarrassing The US Government

Shaye was the first journalist to go to the site of the attack. According to Scahill, it was Shaye who took photographs proving that it was the United States, not Yemen that conducted the assault. And it was Shaye's work that proved that it wasn't "34 militants" who were killed, as the New York Times reported, but women and children.

Yemen: Two years on, journalist still behind bars after alleging US cluster bomb use | Amnesty International

A Yemeni journalist has spent two years behind bars after alleging US use of cluster bombs in Yemen.

Prominet Yemeni Journalist Lands in Jail; US Wants him to Stay There | @pritheworld

Prominent Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye uncovered the US role in a drone strike that took the lives of civilians. In 2011, he was found guilty of being an al-Qaeda operative. He's now in jail -- and the U-S wants him to stay there. Reporter Jeremy Scahill has been looking into the case.

The dangers of reporting the 'war on terror'

Rarely does the Listening Post dedicate a whole show to the story of a single journalist. But when that story speaks so eloquently of how world history is being written, or erased, we decided it was something we just could not ignore.

President Obama Wants A Yemeni Journalist To Be Stuck In Prison For Embarrassing The US Government

Shaye was the first journalist to go to the site of the attack. According to Scahill, it was Shaye who took photographs proving that it was the United States, not Yemen that conducted the assault. And it was Shaye's work that proved that it wasn't "34 militants" who were killed, as the New York Times reported, but women and children.

Jeremy Scahill: Why is President Obama Keeping Yemeni Journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye in Prison?

The Obama administration is facing scrutiny for its role in the imprisonment of a Yemeni journalist who exposed how the United States was behind a 2009 bombing in Yemen that killed 14 women and 21 children.

Is Barack Obama a Murderous Sociopath?

Glenn Greenwald commends to our attention today a piece by Jeremy Scahill about the imprisonment of Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye. You should read all of Scahill's piece, but here's the nickel summary for those of you who won't.

White House Stands By Obama Push for Yemeni Journalist to Remain Behind Bars

White House officials Friday defended President Obama's request that the government of Yemen keep a local journalist behind bars for alleged terrorist ties. Abd al-Ilah Haydar Al-Sha'i had investigated a series of airstrikes in December 2009 against what Yemeni officials described as an Al Qaeda training camp in al Majala, finding what he assessed to be remnants of U.S.