Libya / Middle East & North Africa

  
Militiamen loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA), Libya's internationally recognized government, keep watch in Tripoli on September 25, 2018. Authorities in Ajilat, a city under GNA rule, are taking legal action against a journalist who reports on corruption. (AFP/Mahmud Turkia)

Libyan authorities charge journalist with defamation, publishing state secrets

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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In this January 2014 image, smoke billows from buildings in the Libyan city of Sabha. A journalist from the city, which is still experiencing unrest, was abducted and killed in July 2018. (Reuters/Saddam Alrashd)

Journalist abducted in Libya found bound and shot dead

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, and found dead later that day,…

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Libyans attend a candlelit concert in Benghazi to mark "Earth Hour," on March 25, 2017. Security forces have detained AFP photographer Abdullah Doma twice since he covered the event. (AFP/Abdullah Doma)

AFP photographer repeatedly harassed by Libyan security forces

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, according to AFP and other news…

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Flames from a battle between rival armed groups are seen from a distance in Tripoli, Libya, August 24, 2014. (Reuters/Ismail Zetouni)

Libyan TV channel attacked, burned

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 on authorities in Tripoli to investigate…

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A boy celebrates the sixth anniversary of the Libyan revolution in Benghazi on February 17, 2017. Libya is divided between two rival governments. (Reuters/Esam Omran Al-Fetori)

Libyan authorities in Tobruk knock radio station off the air

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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A soldier loyal to Field Marshal Khalifa Belqasim Haftar sits outside the Zueitina oil terminal, west of Benghazi, Libya, September 15, 2016. (Reuters/Esam Omran Al-Fetori)

Libyan TV journalist arrested without charge

Washington, D.C., January 25, 2017–Libyan security forces should charge or release Wiem Ben Zabia, a cameraman for the Libya Panorama Channel (LPC), the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Security forces detained Ben Zabia at a checkpoint near the eastern Libyan city of Derna on January 14, according to his employer, sister, and a video…

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Journalist killings ease from record highs as murders down, combat deaths up

Deadly violence against the media eased in 2016 from recent record levels as the number of journalists singled out for murder declined. A CPJ special report by Elana Beiser and Elisabeth Witchel

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Jeroen Oerlemans, a freelance photojournalist, was killed covering clashes in Sirte, Libya. (Stanislav Krupar)

Dutch photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans killed in Libya

New York, October 2, 2016 – Dutch freelance photojournalist Jeroen Oerlemans was killed today in the Libyan city of Sirte while covering clashes between Islamic State fighters and forces loyal to the Libyan Army, according to Dutch and Libyan news outlets.

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Libyan journalist abducted, threatened

An unidentified group of armed men abducted Aboubaker Al-Bizanti, a producer for Art Media Solutions (AMS), which produces local news coverage for the broadcaster Libya Al-Ahrar TV and other television stations, the night of August 7, 2016, and released him the following day, according to the journalist, his colleagues, and Libyan news websites.

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Demonstrators in Tripoli's Martyrs' Square protest what they say is French military intervention in Libya, July 22, 2016. (Reuters/Ismail Zeitouni)

Photographer arrested while covering a protest in Libya

Washington, August 2, 2016–Libyan authorities should immediately charge or release photographer and cameraman Saliem Alshebl, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Alshebl, who works for the Libya satellite channel, which is allied with the National Accord government, was arrested July 29 while covering an anti-government protest at Tripoli’s Martyrs’ Square, according to his employer…

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