Schibbye on tour with texts from imprisoned

Written by  Published in Human Rights Sunday, 05 March 2017 18:52


You can lock individual journalists, but not to stop free speech. It says Blank Spots chief editor Martin Schibbye during the spring tour with the show Kality to spread the journalists' stories from Ethiopian jail where he has been imprisoned.

In the week drew rehearsals started in the National Theatre's premises in Hallunda for the play Kality which premieres on April 4th. Kality is a collection of testimonies and stories about being imprisoned for his writing and the consequences it will have; mentally, physically and socially.

- Some time ago I asked prisoners and former prisoners at Kality prison in Ethiopia to write down lyrics and testimonies about what the writing means, why they became journalists and how they see their situation and their future.

The texts that came in have been processed by the dramaturge Eva-Maria Dahlin who put together the material. On stage Martin Schibbye, David Lenneman, Angelica Radvolt and a local journalist. In direct connection to the show is an exhibition on freedom of expression which is set up by Amnesty International

- At a time when the media is attacked, it feels more important than ever to show that you can imprison journalists - but not journalism, says Martin Schibbye.

Today is 16 journalists jailed in Kality, three times as many as during his time. In Ethiopia, there is today a state of emergency and the lack of democracy and press freedom is glaring.

- The development has gone in the wrong direction. At the same time we do not hear so much about this, for those who had been reporting on it are imprisoned, says Martin Schibbye.

Riksteaterns set Kality, directed by Måns Lagerlöf premiere April 4 at the Southern Theater in Stockholm and the show on tour since the country and visiting among others: Skövde, Uddevalla, Gothenburg, Falkenberg, Angelholm, Lund, Växjö, Kalmar, Norrköping, Linköping, Lindesberg, Karlstad Saffle, Enkoping, Ahmadabad and Umeå.

(Blank Spot Project: Translation by google)

Last modified on Sunday, 05 March 2017 19:02

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