Abdulkarim aI-Khaiwani

Abdulkarim aI-Khaiwani is an internationally-renowned Yemeni Journalist, former editor-in-chief of the pro-democracy online newspaper Al-Shoura, and an advocate for the right to freedom of expression. In June of 2008, after years of harassment, kidnappings, beatings, and death threats - all for criticizing the government in his articles - Al-Khaiwani was sentenced to six years in prison for purportedly conspiring with the leader of an anti-government terrorist cell. The allegations were fabricated and, after suffering from unspeakable abuse during his incarceration, he was released by a presidential pardon in September of 2008. A special court reinstated the charges against him in January of 2009, but he was granted another pardon in March. Al-Khaiwani received Amnesty International UK's Special Award for Human Rights Journalism under Threat in 2008.