After progress, regime goes into reverse and cracks down on media, journalists

first_img February 17, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 After progress, regime goes into reverse and cracks down on media, journalists RSF_en Oea and Quryana, the first privately-owned newspapers to be launched by Al-Ghad, a company headed by Gaddafi’s son, Seif Al-Islam, in August 2007, stopped publishing in January following the General Press Authority’s refusal to continue printing them on the grounds that some of their bills had not been paid. They are continuing to post articles online. Qabaili was the programme’s producer, while Kabaili was the production manager. The programme also tackled politically sensitive issues such as the June 1996 massacre in Abu Salim prison. Radio Benghazi’s manager has suspended the programme, fired the four journalists and banned them from entering the station. February 23, 2021 Find out more Four Radio Benghazi journalists who worked on a programme that specialises in covering corruption were arrested yesterday evening outside the station in Benghazi (650 km east of Tripoli) and were released at midday today. Their arrests come amid a general crackdown by the Libyan authorities on news media, especially independent news websites. Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul The four Radio Benghazi journalists who were arrested yesterday on the interior ministry’s orders were Miftah Al-Qabaili, Sliman Al-Kabaili, Khaled Ali and Ahmad Al-Muqsabi. All four worked on “Massaa Al-Kheir Benghazi” (Good Evening, Benghazi), a programme that specialised in exposing administrative and financial corruption in Benghazi. Help by sharing this information Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest LibyaMiddle East – North Africa LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News Organisation News to go further The authorities have also created a new entity called the “Press Deputy” (Niyaba As-Sihafa), which has been tasked with monitoring journalists and other media employees who do investigative reporting on cases of corruption. News News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Libya On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom “We firmly condemn these arrests and the campaign that has been waged since the start of the year against Libyan media that dare to criticise abuses in the system,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities began to lift the lid on fundamental freedoms, including press freedom and free expression, in 2007, but now they have gone into reverse.” The press freedom organisation added: “We urge the Libyan authorities to stop harassing journalists and to unblock the independent websites that have been inaccessible for more than a month.” June 24, 2020 Find out more The arrests appear to be part of a broader crackdown that has also affected independent news websites based abroad. Sites such as Libya Al-Youm, Al-Manara, Jeel Libya, Akhbar Libya, Libya Al-Mustakbal and Libya Watanna have been inaccessible in Libya since 24 January. YouTube has also been blocked since 24 January following the posting of videos of demonstrations by the relatives of prisoners in Benghazi and videos of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s relatives at parties. December 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img

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