December 27th, 2011
07:44 AM ET

Swedish journalists receive 11 years in jail

Two Swedish journalists who were found guilty in Ethiopia of supporting terrorism were sentenced to 11 years in jail Tuesday, the Swedish Foreign Ministry said.

"Our belief was that the court would think they were journalists and they would be released. This is what the prime minister has said before," ministry spokesman Anders Jörle said. "It is not fair that they are sentenced since they are journalists on a journalistic mission."

"They are innocent and have been convicted because of their journalistic work," said Tomas Olsson, the journalists' Swedish attorney. "We are very disappointed."

A court convicted Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye last week.

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  1. Tabitha

    A couple of Sweeds turning extreme Muslim. Typical.

    December 27, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    ??

    December 27, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. tornygottbergismyhero

    wow this story gives so few details its not even worth reading.

    December 27, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • John Gault

      Absolutely right. CNN sucks

      December 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO

    He looks like Ricky from the Trailer Park Boys.

    December 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    SWEDISH CHICKS ARE SOOOO SMOKIN HOT ,EVEN THE BUTTERFACE ONE S BUT THESE WERE DUDES SO GIVE THEM COMMUNITY SERVICE

    December 27, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tabitha

    not me @ 7:38, lord i dont open my eyes that early and @ DRAK, are you chauvanistic???

    December 27, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tabitha

    oh @ 7:53 not me guess they arent open yet lol

    December 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    @TAB, NO I LOVE AND RESPECT WOMAN!!JUST A LITTLE HUMOR, REMEMBER ? SMILE,SORRY IF THERE IS A REASON YOU WERE OFFENDED.WHATS YOUR REASON?

    December 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. MKULTRA BRAINCHIPMAN

    MILLIONS TO BE ASSASSINATED FOR THE SAKE OF $$$ LIABILITIES(mk-ultra, chip implants, electroshocks etc. performed on them) AND NEW WORLD ORDER(multiculturalism = terrorism) POLITICAL AGENDA KNOWN AS "YOU ARE NEXT...YOU ARE NEXT"(liabilities are 2 expensive for the government and it is cheaper to get read of you instead !!! NOW YOU KNOW WHAT US CONGRESS IS SOOO BUSY WITH WHEN PLAYING IN FRONT OF CAMERAS WHERE CLAIMING ONLY HOW SOMETHING HAVE TO BE DONE WHILE KNOWINGLY OMITTING AND IGNORING FACTS OF GENOCIDE AS SEEN ON THIS WELL KNOWN COMPLAIN )!!!

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    LEARN TRUTH ABOUT UNITED NATIONS, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL AS WELL AS NEW WORLD ORDER(MULTICULTURALISM = TERRORISM) GOVERNMENTS !!! NOT THERE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS, BUT TO DENY YOUR RIGHT TO EXISTENCE !!!

    ABDUCTIONS / BRAIN CHIP IMPLANTS / BLACKLISTING / FORCEFUL UNEMPLOYMENT / MK-ULTRA BRAINWASHING AGAINST WHITE(under "NAZI" lie) CIVILIAN POPULATION TODAY IN 2011/2012 ACROSS THE EUROPE AND NORTHERN AMERICA !!!

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    WHY TO ACCEPT LIABILITIES FOR CRIMES COMMITTED WHEN WE CAN SIMPLY ASSASSINATE OUR VICTIMS(YOU) THANKS TO HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS AND FREE PRESS/MEDIA(most severe censorship of genocide ever !!!)!!

    This news is related to WHITES AREN’T WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!! OUT OF AMERICA WITH WHITES NOW !!!

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    OR
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    EXILING WHITES WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE AND IMPORTING NON WHITES IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS COMPLETELY FREE.

    December 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  10. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    I AM NOT NEXT I AM NOT NEXT,YOU SEE MY AK47 IS ALWAYS LOADED AND HANDY AND IF *THEY* GET WITHIN A1000YDS OF MY PLACE THE CHIPS WILL FLY MY PARANIOD FRIEND.

    December 27, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mmmmm

    is wikileaks is journalist works, too?

    December 27, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. DjkrB

    Dear CNN:

    Congratulations.

    Your boards are the biggest joke in blogdom.

    Your “report abuse” button is apparently disabled, because nothing is ever done about the vitriolic and disgusting garbage that is posted here.

    These boards are now know as a safe haven for schoolchildren trolls who like potty humor.

    Please post a thread about feces and fetish s*e*x, because that is all that is ever posted anymore anyway.

    Perhaps this way, they will post on that thread, and leave the serious posters here alone.

    The contempt that CNN shows its readers and posters by not moderating this blog is reprehensible.

    DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

    December 27, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. DjkrB

    I just pooped my panties

    December 28, 2011 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |