Martin Schibbye

Blank Spot Project

Martin Schibbye is a Swedish foreign correspondent based in Stockholm, but he considers the world his workplace. In 2011, Schibbye was sentenced to 11 years for his coverage of the conflict in the closed Ogaden region and entering Ethiopia illegally. His reportage about oil was transformed into a story about ink, and his daily life turned into a 438-day long fight for survival inside the notorious Kality prison in Addis Ababa. He was pardoned after 14 months of confinement.

Schibbye has recently published a book about his prison experience, titled 438 Days (Offside Press, 2015). He is currently working as editor-in-chief for the Blank Spot Project, a crowdfunded platform for foreign reporting. He is also a board member of the Kality Foundation, which assists imprisoned journalists.

He will be speaking during Session 3 entitled "Toward Mechanisms for the Protection of Journalists".