Ethiopia pardons jailed Swedish journalists

Ethiopia has pardoned two Swedish journalists charged with supporting terrorism and will release them soon, a government source said on Monday. Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye were sentenced to 11 years in prison in October 2011, after illegally entering the country with ethnic  rebel group, the Ogaden National Liberation Front. The chairman of the Swedish Union of Journalists, Jonas Nordling, said that the sentence aimed to deter journalists from investigating alleged human rights abuses in the Ogaden region, adding there was no evidence to support the pair’s conviction on terror charges.