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Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson

Swedish journalists' trial begins Tuesday

Published måndag 17 oktober 2011 kl 15.50
"There might be some prestige in this case"
(4:23 min)
Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson have been in prison in Ethiopia since July 3. Photo: Anna Roxvall/Swedish Radio. Montage: Swedish Radio.

The trial against the two Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson who are being held in Ethiopia will start on Tuesday. The men have sat in jail for over three months. They were arrested while investigating the Ogaden region, a disputed area in the east of the country that has rich deposits of oil. The Ethiopian government is accusing the men of terrorist crimes and entering the country illegally. They could face up to 40 years in prison.

Radio Sweden spoke to Swedish Radio News foreign reporter Beatrice Janzon, who is one of a few Swedish journalists in the Ethiopian capital who has been awarded a visa to enter the country to cover the trial.

Our journalism is based on credibility and impartiality. Swedish Radio is independent and not affiliated to any political, religious, financial, public or private interests.

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