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swedish journalists on trial in Ethiopia

Exhibit focuses on work of jailed photojournalist

Published tisdag 8 november 2011 kl 17.22
"You can't take pictures there. Johan and Martin are living proof of this."
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Photojournalist Johan Persson covered stories all over the world before he was arrested in Ethiopia this summer. Photo: Scanpix/Kontinent Agency

The two Swedish journalists, Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson, who were arrested among guerillas in the Ogaden region in Ethiopia this summer have been getting a lot of attention here on the home front. They are said to have been investigating Swedish oil interests in the disputed region, but are standing trial for entering Ethiopia illegally and supporting a terrorist organization. 

Their plight has evoked much sympathy here in Sweden, and an exhibition of photojournalist Persson's previous work just went up here in Sweden's capital. The organizer, Peter Wechselmann, intends to raise money for the journalists and their families through selling the work. Radio Sweden went to take a look this week.

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