By Saber Ayyub.
Tripoli, 10 April 2016:
Jamal Zubia, the head of Foreign Media Department (FMD) and a key Ghwell administration spokesman has . . .[restrict]been sacked by the Presidency Council for poor performance a close source to the PC has told the Libya Herald.
“The continued complaints from the international media representatives, his mismanagement to the department and his refusal to recognise the GNA but only the Ghwell administration, were the main reasons for his sacking,” the source explained.
The replacement for the often-outspoken and controversial Zubia, is Khaled Farhat the current managing director of the FMD. Farhat, though not a professional journalist, has been associated with a series of government media boards.
He told this newspaper: “We are looking forward to a better cooperation with the international media outlets operating in Libya, bearing in mind the need for the proper procedures required by the Libyan government. However at the same time we don’t wish to impose anything on journalists but to grant them the freedom to report on what they see in the streets”.
He added: “I will formally start my job tomorrow and will work extensively to recover the confidence of the department with the different international media outlets. I would like all local and international representatives to cooperate in this respect in order to make the capital a safe place for journalists from around the world”. [/restrict]