By Libya Herald Staff.
Tripoli, 23 January 2014:
International freedom of press NGO Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has described acts of violence and . . .[restrict]intimidation toward Libyan journalists in recent weeks as shocking.
RWB cited a number of recent incidents where journalists had been attacked or intimidated, including the recent abduction of journalists from Fezzan TV. The three reporters were kidnapped and beaten while covering the seizure of the Tamenhint airbase 30 kilometres north east of Sebha. This incident was an example of the “complete absence of the rule of law” which had affected the work of journalists since the revolution, RWB said.
It also referred to a recent attempt on the life of the editor of Libya Al-Jadida, Mahmous Al-Misrati, when an RPG was fired at his family apartment. He had previously been threatened. RWB also described a campaign of intimidation against TV station Al-An’s Tripoli bureau chief Mohamed Al-Gharyani and his family.
RWB said it was deeply concerned about these incidents and urged the government to establish a reliable and transparent system of judicial responsibility in order to “break the cycle of impunity prevailing in Libya and to guarantee the safety of journalists.” [/restrict]