Ethiopia: Two Swedish Journalists Found Guilty Of Supporting Terrorism


The two Swedish journalists who were arrested and tried in Addis Ababa after filming footage of fighting between the Ethiopian army and Ogaden separatist insurgents were found guilty of supporting terrorism and illegally entering the country.

According to local media, the prosecution requested 18 and a half years in prison for the two men. Sentencing will take place in the next few days.

The two reporters were initially charged with “terrorist activities”, but the accusation was dropped during the trial.

The two Swedes, Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson, who were arrested near the Somali border, have pleaded not guilty.

The reporters were in the Somali majority region that for years has combated against the Ethiopian government, to interview some rebels of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).


MISNA, or the Missionary International Service News Agency, provides daily news ‘from, about and for’ the 'world’s Souths', not just in the geographical sense, since December 1997.

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