Two Swedish Journalists Convicted for Terrorism-Related Charge in Ethiopia

Deputy Spokesperson Mark C. Toner today said the United States notes with concern an Ethiopian court’s recent conviction of two Swedish journalists on a terrorism-related charge, in which the verdict appears to equate reporting about terrorism with support for terrorism.

Mr. Torner noted that the court also found the Swedish journalists guilty of entering Ethiopia illegally, which they had not disputed.

“We recognize the authority of the judicial process in Ethiopia and respect the Ethiopian Government’s legitimate concerns about terrorism and the need to protect the country’s national security. “ -Mr. Toner

He stressed that as they have made clear in U.S. ongoing human rights dialogue with the Ethiopian Government, a free press is an important element of democratic society.

Mr. Toner emphasized that the United States will continue to monitor the ongoing trials of journalists on terrorism-related charges, and will continue its dialogue with the Ethiopian Government on press freedoms.

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