Al-Qatrani was the director and owner of Al-Anwar, a privately owned media production company in the city of Benghazi. Friends of the 33-year-old journalist found his body in his office with gunshot wounds to the head, according to news reports and the local press freedom group the Libyan Center for Press Freedom.
The Libyan Center for Press Freedom said it believed the murder was related to reports Al-Qatrani broadcast about the fighting between Islamist militias and pro-government militia groups in the eastern city of Benghazi for several satellite television channels. His media production company covered local events and sold the footage to other news outlets.
No group publicly claimed responsibility for al-Qatrani’s killing, according to local news reports.
An unnamed official within the Libyan Ministry of Interior, of the Bayda-based government, said al-Qatrani’s body was referred to a medical examiner and that an investigation had begun, according to news reports.