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Free Johan and Martin

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 6 March 2013 in Documentary & Street and Portfolio.

Picture was taken in August 2012.

Two Swedish journalists jailed on terrorism charges in Ethiopia were freed on September 10, 2012 after they were pardoned.

Martin Schibbye, a reporter, and Johan Persson, a photographer, were sentenced in December, 2011 to 11 years in prison after being found guilty of joining a separatist rebel group and crossing into Ethiopia from Somalia illegally.

Canon EOS REBEL XT 1/250 second F/7.1 ISO 400 75 mm


"The moment always dictates in my work. What I feel, I do. This is the most important thing for me. Everybody can look, but they don't necessarily see. I never calculate or consider; I see a situation and I know that it's right, even if I have to go back to get the proper lighting."
~ Andre Kertesz

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

Superb portrait on the street.

6 Mar 2013 6:46am

Ellebelle from Mosquito Town, Netherlands

So her protest did pay off ..............
Great compositon! I like the blurry face on the left!

6 Mar 2013 7:28am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

great documentary ! a beautiful expression, great scene !

6 Mar 2013 8:12am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Wonderful frame

6 Mar 2013 8:44am

jean pierre from paris, France

superbe composition!!! amitié

6 Mar 2013 8:58am

Joke from Leuven, Belgium

Very nice picture. Interesting your story by this picture. Wow and I travelled three weeks alone through Ethiopia.

6 Mar 2013 9:45am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendide composition avec ce visage qui vient s'incruster dans cette scène. Du grand art. ***** Belle journée Mariana.

6 Mar 2013 9:45am

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

Strong testimony, yours and hers.

6 Mar 2013 9:46am

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Grande photo de reportage !

6 Mar 2013 9:56am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Très bel image de cette dame qui demande la liberté vive la liberté

6 Mar 2013 10:09am

Tat à l'Oeil from Paris, France

Une image forte !

6 Mar 2013 10:46am

Mahmood from Tehran, Iran


6 Mar 2013 11:31am

Frankiess from Český Těšín, Czech Republic

Great processing black and white and great tone! What is your lens? If it's not a secret :)

6 Mar 2013 11:37am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Joli N&B ! je te souhaite une agréable journée

6 Mar 2013 11:40am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great documentary...

6 Mar 2013 11:43am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Interesting tale, some places you simply take your chances when you go:)

6 Mar 2013 11:53am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

very good

6 Mar 2013 12:31pm

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent documentary

6 Mar 2013 1:06pm

STEED from D, France

Hard to be an Adventurer today.....Is Freedom just a word ? .....

6 Mar 2013 1:28pm

@STEED: don't know

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

A photograher and journalist must know what is involved if they go to a country that
can easily throw them in jail, great photo !~

6 Mar 2013 1:39pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful documentary style shot Mariana! Well seen and captured! ;-)

6 Mar 2013 1:40pm

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

A great moment captured, she looks very passionate and I am so glad the protest worked.

6 Mar 2013 1:44pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Free ... !!
very nice & wonderful!
so beautiful frame!

6 Mar 2013 1:53pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb capture of the scene !

6 Mar 2013 2:13pm

~~~Ann~~~ from Nelson, New Zealand

So intriguing. I wonder what moved her to protest?

6 Mar 2013 3:27pm

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Interessante Geschichte und ein Super Foto.

6 Mar 2013 3:41pm

Olivier Rault from Bayeux, France

Un émouvant noir et blanc, splendide !

6 Mar 2013 3:47pm

philmess from angouleme, France

Comme quoi relater l'information dans certain pays s'avère trés difficile
Belle expression

6 Mar 2013 3:48pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Excellent framing, very nice image.

6 Mar 2013 4:33pm

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent 5***

6 Mar 2013 5:09pm

Mandar from Kudal, India


6 Mar 2013 5:48pm

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

Excellent expressive image! *****

6 Mar 2013 6:00pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

A story within a story in a photograph. best…jf

6 Mar 2013 7:09pm

Hossein Saharnaz from Ahvaz, Iran

exceptiona Mariana.....thanks for your information.

6 Mar 2013 7:21pm

@Hossein Saharnaz: thanks Hossein .

franz from Baden, Austria

love the emotion in this photo!
i'm glad they were released, as i'm a supporter of A.I. myself ...

6 Mar 2013 8:05pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Fantastic image! Very powerful with a lot of emotion. I am glad that they were released.

6 Mar 2013 8:52pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fine capture. wonderful expression

6 Mar 2013 9:39pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great street documentary capture!

6 Mar 2013 9:51pm

Bruno F from Planète Terre, Europe, France

Great scène !

6 Mar 2013 10:21pm

Pixim from Nice, France

A photo evidence of the injustice of this world perfectly realized ;-)

6 Mar 2013 11:43pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A wonderful expression of the lady protesting. I'm glad they were released.

7 Mar 2013 12:44am

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

A wonderful story-telling shot. Very journalistic feeling.

7 Mar 2013 2:22am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Fabulous capture of a piece of life

7 Mar 2013 4:14pm

gerard1948 from Somewhere on earth, Spain

A very good composition and a beautiful portrait, I like the style humanist of your photos. This is excellent.

8 Mar 2013 1:05pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

superbe !

11 Mar 2013 9:25am

rian from vestavia hills, United States

it's nice to hear that these guys were eventually freed, nice reportage shot.

22 Mar 2013 4:38pm

1/250 second
ISO 400
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