Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill has been following the case of a Yemeni journalist Abdulelah Haider Shaye who uncovered a story in which a US air attack in 2009 in that country killed 14 women and 21 children. His story ran contrary to the US government’s usual bland assertion that the victims were ‘al Qaeda militants’, which was then dutifully repeated by the mainstream US media.
Shaye was then arrested, beaten, and held in solitary confinement as an al Qaeda operative by the security forces of our client government in Yemen, although human rights organizations have said that there is no evidence that he is anything but a journalist. His ‘crime’ was reporting things that were unpalatable to the US and Yemeni governments.
After protests in that country forced the government to make plans to release him, Obama personally called the Yemeni leader and made him reverse course. So as the air attacks in Yemen escalate, a reporter who could have given us first-hand information is being abused in a Yemeni prison, no doubt to discourage any other Yemeni journalist who thinks of being anything other than a propagandist or apologist.
Update: Jeremy Scahill talks about this case on Democracy Now.