Ethiopia is recognized as the worst jailer Journalist in Africa

Reporter Martin Schibbye and photographer Johan Persson were arrested in July 2011 after entering the country from neighboring Somalia with fighters from the Ogaden National Liberation Front(ONLF) rebel group.
They said they had wanted to report on the effect of the work of a Swedish oil company on the local population and political situation in Ethiopia’s Ogaden region and that the only way of entering the area was with the rebels’ help. The journalists were pardoned and released on Monday.

Schibbye said Ethiopian security officials had tried to get them to confess to being terrorists after their arrest. He said they were taken into the desert where one official pulled him out of a jeep, told him “No more Mr. Nice Guy” and ordered him to start talking.

“A soldier lifted up his weapon,” Schibbye told a news conference in Stockholm. But instead off shooting him, the soldier shot into a bush beside him, he said.
Persson said he had been taken off in another direction and thought his colleague had been killed.
The men said they had been forced to make an apology on Ethiopian television in order to secure their release. Schibbye said he had not meant what he had said.

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