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Ethiopia charges Swedish journos with terror

2011-09-08 09:44

Stockholm - Sweden's Foreign Ministry says two Swedish journalists arrested in Ethiopia have been charged with terrorism and migration violations.

Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye were captured by Ethiopian troops in July during a clash with rebels in Ogaden in the country's restive east.

Ministry spokesperson Anders Jorle says Swedish officials met with the two men on Wednesday, and found they were in good condition and had been treated well.

Journalists are prohibited from travelling freely in the Ogaden region, which borders Somalia.

Activists accuse the Ethiopian government of human rights violations there, and of blocking aid groups access to the region.

The government denies reports of widespread abuses and says rebels have committed abuses and killed civilians.