Yemeni authorities on Thursday expelled without explanation an American journalist who for years has used his singular access to show the gritty realities of the country’s counterterrorism struggle, from profiling casualties of US drone strikes to revealing the US interception of Al Qaeda’s internal communications.
Adam Baron, a freelance reporter who’s contributed to The Christian Science Monitor, McClatchy, and other news outlets from Yemen since 2011, confirmed his deportation in an email after he arrived in Cairo.
Mr. Baron’s expulsion drew outrage on social media among fans who looked forward to his dispatches from a place where few foreign journalists operate, much less reside. With Baron’s deportation, just one resident foreign journalist is believed to remain in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital.
Even the spokesman for Yemen’s embassy in Washington, Mohammed Albasha, tweeted his support for Baron, writing that he has “touched many lives in Yemen & left a positive footprint & I strongly object to the authorities decisions to deport him.” The Yemeni government offered no explanation and no official comment beyond acknowledging that the expulsion came from the “Passport and Naturalization Department.”