Sep 11, 2012 (QOL) Qorahay
Media Journalist Group welcomes the release of Journalist
Martin Schibbey and photographer Johan Persson who were sentenced
to 11 years in prison by the Ethiopian government.
two Swedish journalists have been imprisoned in Ethiopia for
more than a year after they were attacked and later arrested
by the Ethiopian forces in the Ogaden region on July 1, 2011,
At the time of their arrest the two men were trying to report
on the human rights abuses committed by the Ethiopian army
against the civilians in the Ogaden.
The Ethiopian government imposed a total humanitarian,
economic and media blockade on the Ogaden region, where international
humanitarian aid organizations and media outlets have all
been denied access to the region.
Even though we are pleased to hear their release,
the Ethiopian government continues to deny freedom of speech
and there are still hundreds of innocent journalists that
are languishing in the harsh Ethiopian prisons.
Therefore we urge all international journalists’
organizations around the world to unite, to protect and strengthen
the rights and freedoms of journalists. To condemn the arbitrary
detentions and arrests of journalists who are simply conducting
their duty of reporting.
Lastly we call upon all international media
and journalist organizations to pressure the Ethiopian government
to allow all international media an unhindered access in the
We also call upon the international community
to hold the Ethiopian government accountable for its crimes
against the innocent civilians in the Ogaden. To play an active
role in achieving peace and stability in this region by finding
a lasting political resolution that would allow the people
in the Ogaden a referendum to self-determination.
Qorahay Media Journalist Group
Head-quartered in Nairobi Kenya
Qorahay Media Journalist Group is an international non-profit
organization that is dedicated to reporting from the Ogaden
and in the horn of Africa in general.