We, the friends and colleagues of Swedish journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye, try to campaign in various ways to free them from the terrorist charges they face in Ethiopia. But still we are unable to draw extensive International media attention.
For that reason, we have decided to launch an international Twitter campaign about Johan and Martin. We request you all to help us so that we are able to get a bigger impact.
Johan and Martin are not alone. Several journalists have been arrested and charged with terrorism in Ethiopia. Some have fled the country. Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye have admitted that they entered the country illegally via Somalia, but deny all forms of terrorist crimes. We call upon the Ethiopian government to immediately stop using criminal proceedings to silence its critics, opposition politicians and journalists who are carrying out their legitimate work. We refer accordingly to Article 19 in the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”
On Dec 6th the trial continues in Addis Abeba and it is the first time Johan and Martin will have the chance to defend themselves. It is very important to report on their case in order to give them a fair trial.
Free the Journalists Johan Persson & Martin Schibbye