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March 13, 2011

Brazilian reporter released after eight days in Libya

Brazilian reporter Andrei Netto of the O Estado de São Paulo newspaper has been released after being held for eight days, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). “We share the joy and relief of Netto’s family and friends, but the situation of journalists in Libya continues to be very worrying,” RSF said. “Foreign journalists who enter the country without permits are treated by the Gaddafi regime as Al-Qaeda accomplices.” Netto, who is normally based in... MORE
March 11, 2011

In Libya, 7 journalists unaccounted for, 3 others abused

Seven journalists covering the conflict in Libya are unaccounted for, according to research by the Committee to Protect Journalists, which expressed deep concern about their well-being. The most recent to go missing is Ghaith Abdul-Ahad , a correspondent for London's Guardian newspaper, whose disappearance was reported today. Also, on Wednesday, three BBC journalists recounted a harrowing 21 hours in the custody of Libyan military and security forces this week during which they were subjected... MORE
March 8, 2011

Middle East: Overview of media freedom violations of past few days

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has collated an overview of the acts of violence against journalists and other media freedom violations that have taken place in the pasts few days in Northern Africa and the Middle East. The countries concerned are Libya, Algeria, three Gulf states (Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar), Yemen, Iraq (including Iraqi Kurdistan) and Syria. LIBYA Jean-Marie Lemaire , a French journalist working for the 24-hour TV news station France 24,... MORE
March 6, 2011

Libya keeps journalists from protests; Iraqi forces beat five

Authorities in Libya on Friday prevented foreign journalists invited to report in the country from covering the crackdown on protesters in the capital, according to news reports. In southern Iraq, anti-riot police attacked at least five local journalists covering protests in Basra, according to news reports. Hundreds of anti-Qaddafi protesters gathered in Tajoura, a suburb of Tripoli, after Muslim prayers, but security forces quickly dispersed them with tear gas and live ammunition, according... MORE
March 2, 2011

Journalists detained and broadcasts jammed in Libya

Security forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi continue to detain journalists and jam broadcast frequencies. Security forces have arrested the head of Libyan Journalists Syndicate, Salma al-Shaab , and Suad al-Turabouls, a correspondent for the pro-government Al-Jamahiriya newspaper, on Monday in Tripoli, according to news reports. However, a local journalist told New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that al-Shaab dissapeared about 10 days ago after... MORE
February 27, 2011

Iraq cracks down on media; violations in Yemen, Libya

The Committee to protect Journalists documented additional attacks Friday in Iraq, Yemen, and Libya as journalists tried to cover anti-government protests. Iraqi authorities cracked down on media: Security forces stormed a satellite TV office, detained dozens of journalists, and confiscated equipment, according to local journalists and news reports. In Yemen, at least four journalists were detained today, according to local journalists, and Al-Jazeera reported that its crew was prevented from... MORE
February 23, 2011

Libya imposes news blackout to censor widespread protests

The Libyan authorities have imposed a news blackout on what is going in the country. It was already very difficult to interview people on the spot before the government began to trying to crush the uprising. It is now virtually impossible for a journalist to work. The few foreign correspondents who were already in Libya before the crisis are kept under extremely close surveillance and have to restrict their movements. Many foreign journalists are trying to get to Libya, some of them across the... MORE
February 19, 2011

Journalists targeted in Bahrain, Yemen, and Libya

Authorities in Bahrain, Yemen, Libya continue to prevent media from reporting on anti-government demonstrations. Bahraini authorities used live ammunition—including fire from a helicopter—against peaceful protesters and journalists on Friday. Pro-government thugs attacked two journalists in Yemen, and the Libyan government appeared to be shutting down Facebook, Twitter, and Al-Jazeera's website as a means of silencing reporting on protests. "Security forces firing on journalists from a... MORE
December 10, 2010

Libya Press, under harassment, shuts down in Tripoli

Libya Press news agency has decided to shut down its Tripoli office and leave Libya because security officials have said they "do not want any presence of the agency inside Libya," the agency said in a statement posted on its website Tuesday. Libya Press announced that it will resume work from several foreign capitals. The agency added that it informed its reporters that it "cannot offer protection for them because of intensified security harassment they face." The statement said the agency's... MORE