Release of Yemeni Journalist is a Victory for Press Freedom, says IFJ

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has today  welcomed the release of Yemeni journalist

Abdulelah Haider Shaye, stating that it is a victory for press freedom and

thanking the Yemen Journalists Syndicate (YJS) for its hard work and commitment

in securing his freedom.


to the YJS, Shaye was released by the President of Yemen, Adb Rabbuh Mansur

Hadi, yesterday evening, Tuesday 23 July, after serving three years of a five

year prison sentence. He had been pardoned by former Yemeni President, Ali

Adballah Saleh, but was being kept behind bars at the behest of the US

administration for alleged links with al Qaida.

"We welcome

this great news that Abduleh Haider Shaye has been released after three long

years behind bars and can now return to his family, loved ones and colleagues,"

said IFJ President Jim Boumelha. "We congratulate the YJS on this momentous day

and thank them and the Yemeni journalists who kept Shaye's case alive and ran a

three year campaign demanding his release."

The YJS has

thanked President Adb Rabbuh Mansur Hadi for organising Shaye's release despite

pressure from the US Embassy. It has stressed the key role played by the

journalist community in Yemen in securing his release and called for continued

solidarity and unity among journalists in the future.

In a

meeting with IFJ President Jim Boumelha and the YJS leadership in April 2012,

President Hadi hds promised to release the journalist. The recent IFJ World

Congress in Dublin also adopted a resolution urging the Yemeni government to

keep its promise to free Shaye and condemning the US administration for its

continual pressure on Yemen to keep him in prison.

"The IFJ

has worked closely with our affiliate, the YJS, and the Federation of Arab

Journalists (FAJ) to help secure Shaye's release, a hugely progressive step

that is a victory for press freedom, justice and the right of Yemeni

journalists to work freely and safely," said IFJ General Secretary Beth Costa.

"We urge the Yemeni government to continue to improve its support for press

freedom in the country and to develop legislation that will further protect the

rights and freedoms of its journalists."


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