This article is not related to IP or entertainment law, however; as it has not been getting any press in the United States (and is an important issue regarding individual freedom and international freedom of the press) I wanted to share it with you.
I was talking with a good friend of mine recently who is a Swedish citizen and currently lives in Sweden. She informed me that she has a childhood friend that has been arrested in Ethiopia for terrorism.
Her friend is a Swedish reporter. He and a colleague went to Ethiopia to report on the Ogaden National Liberation Front; a small group that has been fighting for self-determination of the Ogaden area of Ethiopiaâs Somali region since 1984.
The two Swedish reporters facing terrorism charges in Ethiopia, pleaded not guilty, but apologized for having entered the country illegally.
Photographer Johan Persson and reporter Martin Schibbye, both freelancers, have been held in jail since they were arrested on July 1 with Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) rebels after a battle with government troops.
"I entered the country illegally without proper documentation, for this I am guilty, for this I apologize to the Ethiopian government," Schibbye told the court. "But I am not guilty to...