About Martin Schibbye

Martin Schibbye, reporter, is a well reputed freelance journalists from Sweden, based in Stockholm, but the world is his workplace. Among Schibbyes contractors you will find leading newspapers and magazines in Scandinavia, such as Svenska Dagbladet, Aftenposten, Fokus and Dagbladet, as well as publications in Austria, Belgium, France and the UK. Schibbye has also worked for Swedish public service radio. He is member of the Swedish Union of Journalists. He received the 2012 Freelance Award, the 2012 Anna Politkovskaya Memorial Award, and Reporters Without Borders’ 2013 Press Freedom Prize.

Schibbye’s journalistic work is characterized by a human outlook. He strives to describe social and environmental issues from the perspective of those being affected – be it human trafficking in India or land grabbing in Cambodia. He often focus on stories a little outside of media attention and let his work take time.

Contact: +46 – 70 671 04 68 or mail martin@martinschibbye.se


About the book “438 days”

On the eve of June 28th, 2011 Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson put everything at stake by illegally crossing the border from Somalia into Ethiopia. After months of research, planning and failed attempts, they were finally on their way to report on how the ruthless hunt for oil effected the population of the isolated and conflict-ridden Ogaden region. Five days later they lay wounded in the desert sand, shot and captured by the Ethiopian army. But when their initial reportage died, another story began. A story about lawlessness, propaganda and global politics. After a Kafkaesque trial they were sentenced to eleven years in prison for “terrorism”. And they were far from alone. Their cellmates were journalists, writers and politicians persecuted for not bowing down to dictatorship. Their reportage about oil was transformed into a story about ink, and their daily lives turned into a fight for survival inside the notorious Kality prison in Addis Ababa.
Exposed to deadly diseases, daily beatings and fierce repression – deprived of their shoelaces and their freedom of speech – they fought to preserve the most valuable thing of all: the freedom to determine who you are and what you believe. The book 438-days is the story about their time in jail.
The book “438 Days” was shortlisted for the 2013 August Prize.

Visit the book’s Swedish website.

For international requests please contact our agent Leyla Belle Drake atSalomonsson Agency. 


Some links to international media after our release from jail in Ethiopia:

Timeline in english

“Without journalists taking risks the world would be silent”

About us and the story in english

The press conference in english

Journalism under Ethiopias Anti Terrorism Law