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February 19, 2014

Press under threat on anniversary of Libyan revolution

A recent wave of anti-press violations, including repressive legislation, abductions, and physical attacks, threatens to set back the steps Libya has taken toward democracy since the revolution that removed the late Muammar Qaddafi from power, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On February 5, the General National Congress (GNC) amended the Qaddafi-era penal code that stipulated a prison term of up to 15 years for any individual who insulted the government or the revolution that... MORE
February 13, 2014

Spate of abductions of Libyan journalists

There has been a steadily mounting violence against media personnel in Libya, including the February 11 abduction of four journalists in two separate incidents in the capital, Tripoli. In the first of two incidents, three journalists with state-owned Al-Wataniya TV who are normally based in the southern city of Sabha – photographers Faddan Hussein Al-Sakit and Ibrahim Saeed Abdelda’im and reporter Ibrahim Abdelkader Rieda – were kidnapped on Tripoli’s airport road after being sent to the... MORE
August 1, 2011

Libya: NATO attacks on national TV headquarters and installations in Tripoli

NATO carried out airstrikes on the Tripoli headquarters of the state-owned national TV broadcaster Al-Jamahiriya and two of its installations on July 30. According to Al-Jamahiriya, three of its journalists were killed and 21 others were wounded in the airstrikes but this could not be immediately verified. The impossibility of immediate verification is yet another reminder of the difficulty of establishing what is happening in a war when there are no journalists on the ground or their ability... MORE
May 20, 2011

Libya: Release body of South African photojournalist

The Libyan government should immediately release the body of South African photographer Anton Hammerl , and investigate the role of the armed forces in his death, Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Hammerl, 41, was shot and killed by government forces near Brega in eastern Libya on April 5. Three journalists traveling with him were detained by Libyan authorities until May 18 and announced Hammerl's death after their release. For more than six weeks the... MORE
April 25, 2011

Bahrain detains columnist; 4 located in Libya

New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Bahraini authorities to disclose the whereabouts of Haidar Mohammed al-Nuaimi , a columnist for daily newspaper Al-Wasat . Roughly 30 uniformed and plainclothes police raided al-Nuaimi's family home in Manama April 25, dragging him into the street and beating him, local journalists told CPJ. Al-Nuaimi was then taken to an unknown location, according to the same accounts. A Facebook page in support of Al-... MORE
April 23, 2011

Journalists Hammerl, Morgana Gillis in Libyan custody

Anton Hammerl , a freelance South African photographer who was detained in early April, has appeared in government custody in Libya and is apparently in good health. Global Post told CPJ that the South African government has received information from Libyan authorities that Hammerl is well and will be permitted to speak to his family soon. Clare Morgana Gillis , an American freelancer for The Christian Science Monitor , The Atlantic , and USA Today , who was detained near Brega on April 5, was... MORE
April 21, 2011

IFJ mourns death of two photojournalists in Libya

The International Federation of Journalists has mourned the tragic death of photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros , killed by a mortar attack in the besieged Libyan city of Misrata, on Wednesday April 20. Two other photojournalists, Guy Martin and Michael Christopher Brown , were both seriously injured in by the same mortar fire along Tripoli Street at the heart of the fight between pro-Gaddafi forces and the rebels for control of Misrata. "The death of Hetherington and Hondros... MORE
April 10, 2011

Gaddafi regime decides to deport 26 foreign journalists

The Libyan government has decided to deport 26 foreign journalists on the grounds that their visas had expired. The names of journalists, who had all been invited to Tripoli by the government, were posted last night in the lobby of the hotel where they were staying. They were initially told they would have to leave today. But the authorities announced today that their “departure was postponed until April 8. The mass expulsion follows a series of individual arrests and deportations in recent... MORE
April 10, 2011

Fiercely pro-Gadhafi, Libya TV host leaps to fame

(Associated Press): Hala Misrati once wrote romance tales about lost love. Now she's the ferocious face of Libya's regime, a star talk-show host on state TV lashing out daily against Moammar Gadhafi's enemies. She railed against a Libyan woman who claimed to Western journalists she had been raped by Gadhafi militiamen, calling her a "liar" and suggesting she was a "whore." On live TV, Misrati grilled an arrested journalist for an hour with all the doggedness of a secret police interrogator. "... MORE
April 5, 2011

Libya releases Al Jazeera journalist

One of four Al Jazeera journalists detained by Libyan forces has been released after a bizarre turn of events that saw the team being arrested, freed and then rearrested. Lotfi Al Masoudi , a Tunisian national, crossed the border into Tunisia on Sunday night. An Al Jazeera spokesman said that the network is "glad to see the end of the ordeal that Lotfi unnecessarily went through" while calling for the immediate release of his colleagues. "We are extremely grateful for all the sincere and... MORE