Frence 2 – Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye will be judged on Tuesday inAddis Ababa, accused of terrorist activities inEthiopia.
Defenders of Human Rights criticized the trial. According to Amnesty International, at least 157 people, mostly journalists and opposition activists have been arrested since May in similar conditions.

The two journalists were charged in September for terrorist activities, support to a terrorist group and for illegally entered the territory of Ethiopia. Persson photographer and reporter Schibbye were arrested on July 1 when they had entered Ethiopia through Somalia, with members of a rebel group, the National Front for the Liberation of Ogaden (ONLF), labeled a terrorist by Addis Ababa.

Ethiopian law provides a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for anyone found guilty of ordering or instigating terrorist activities. For advocates of human rights, the government in Addis Ababa using the anti-terrorism laws to crush all opposition.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), to which Ethiopia is one of Africa’s most restrictive media, has “called on the Ethiopian justice to the two journalists to ensure a fair trial in what is become a political issue “in a statement released Wednesday.

 

CPJ believes that the Ethiopian government “(…) infringed the presumption of innocence of journalists by presenting them to the media as accomplices of terrorists, accusing them of terrorism without the presence of their lawyers and wearing public accusations against them. ”

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