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AFP freelance journalist Hamza Turkia shot while covering clashes in Libya

July 10, 2019 12:15 PM ET

On June 19, 2019, an unidentified individual shot Hamza Turkia, a freelance photographer and videographer at the time working for French news agency Agence France-Presse, in the hand and leg while the journalist was covering clashes between forces allied with the internationally recognized Government of National Accord and the...

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Reuters photojournalist Hani Amara shot while covering Libya clashes

May 17, 2019 5:30 PM ET

On May 12, 2019, Hani Amara, a photographer and videographer for Reuters, was shot in the leg while covering clashes in the Libyan capital Tripoli, according to news reports, social media posts and the Libyan Center for Freedom of the Press, a local press freedom group....

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Libyan journalists Mohamed al-Qurj and Mohamed al-Shibani missing since May 2

May 9, 2019 2:10 PM ET

New York, May 9, 2019 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists is gravely concerned about the safety of Mohamed al-Qurj and Mohamed al-Shibani, Libyan journalists with Qatar-based private television broadcaster Libya Alahrar, who disappeared on May 2....

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Libyan photojournalist killed by shelling during Tripoli clashes

January 23, 2019 12:46 PM ET

New York, January 23, 2019--The killing of freelancer Mohamed Ben Khalifa in Libya underscores the dangers for photojournalists working in conflict zones, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Ben Khalifa, a photographer who contributed to outlets including The Associated Press, was killed during clashes south of Tripoli on...

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Local journalist detained in eastern Libya since December 20

January 16, 2019 4:55 PM ET

New York, January 16, 2019--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Libyan National Army to release journalist Ismail Bouzreeba al-Zway, who was detained December 20 in the eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya, according to news reports, local press organizations, and the United Nations Support Mission in Libya....

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Libyan authorities charge journalist with defamation, publishing state secrets

November 8, 2018 2:20 PM ET

New York, November 8, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in the Libyan city of Ajilat to end their persecution of freelance journalist Mukhtar al-Halak, who is due in court on November 12 on charges of criminal defamation and publishing state security secrets....

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Journalist abducted in Libya found bound and shot dead

August 1, 2018 5:53 PM ET

New York, August 1, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of Libyan journalist Musa Abdul Kareem in Sabha, and urged the authorities responsible for the city to immediately investigate the circumstances of his death. Abdul Kareem, a local reporter and photojournalist, was abducted on July 31,...

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AFP photographer repeatedly harassed by Libyan security forces

April 4, 2017 4:46 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2017--Security forces in Benghazi should stop harassing AFP photojournalist Abdullah Doma and ensure that he can work safely and without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces in the eastern Libyan city have twice detained Doma in the last week,...

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Libyan TV channel attacked, burned

March 17, 2017 2:34 PM ET

New York, March 17, 2017--Armed men attacked the Tripoli office of the Libyan TV channel Al-Nabaa and set the building on fire, according to journalists for the station, news reports, and the Libyan Center for Freedom of the Press, an advocacy group. The Committee to Protect Journalists today called...

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Libyan authorities in Tobruk knock radio station off the air

March 6, 2017 6:08 PM ET

New York, March 6, 2017--Libyan authorities in Tobruk should immediately allow privately-owned Al-Wasat radio to resume broadcasting and should allow all news media to operate freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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