Ethiopia: Zenawi calls jailed Swedish journalists terrorists

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zanawi publicly accused two imprisoned Swedish journalists of being terrorists on Monday. In an interview with Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten, Zenawi said Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye, of Sweden-based photo agency Kontinent, were accomplices to terrorists. “They are, at the very least, messenger boys of a terrorist organisation. They are not journalists,” the prime minister said. Persson and Schibbye were arrested after they crossed with rebels of the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) into Ogaden. Zanawi added: “Why would a journalist be involved with a terrorist organisation and enter a country with that terrorist organisation, escorted by armed terrorists?”