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Ethiopia jails Swedish reporters for aiding rebels

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Ethiopia jails Swedish reporters for aiding rebels


Two Swedish journalists have been jailed for 11 years in Ethiopia for entering the country illegally and helping an outlawed rebel group.

Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson were arrested after crossing the border from Somalia with members of the Ogaden National Liberation Front.

The pair denied aiding the rebels but admitted entering Ethiopia without permission. The court in Addis Ababa was told they had contacted the rebels as part of a news story into a Swedish oil company’s activities in the region.

The reporters’ case has caused an outcry in Sweden with demands in the media for Stockholm to get the men freed. Some are suggesting that if diplomatic pressure fails, the Swedish government and the European Union should cut their humanitarian aid to Ethiopia.

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