Yemeni Journalist Who Obama Kept in Prison Is Free

By: Tuesday July 23, 2013 1:10 pm

Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye, who United States President Barack Obama had been keeping in prison, has been released.

Shaye was apparently given a presidential pardon that requires him to remain in Sanaa for two years. This means he would be prohibited from traveling to many of the areas where US drone strikes have taken place while he was in prison or where they will take place over the next two years.

Obama Celebrates Press Freedom but Refuses to Let Yemen Free Journalist

By: Friday May 4, 2012 8:30 am

Abdulelah Haider Shaye, a journalist whose reporting focused on issues of terrorism, has been in a Yemeni jail since 2010.

Shaye was picked up, detained and convicted on “terrorism-related” charges by a client regime of the United States because he was interviewing people the now-assassinated US-born Yemen cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and members of al Qaeda. He has been designated a terrorist and remains jailed because the US maintains he is working with al Qaeda. On top of that, as Scahill has pointed out, not a single media organization, like ABC or the Washington Post, which benefited from his reporting have spoken up in opposition to what the Obama administration has done.

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