Category : Libya

Tim Hetherington’s Infidel exhibition opens in Liverpool

alt informationLiverpool John Moores University officially opened its Infidel exhibition, a display of photographs by Tim Hetherington, on Wednesday night. The Liverpool-born photojournalist, who died in Libya under mortar fire in 2011, took the photos during the year he spent embedded with the US Army in Afghanistan’s Korangal Valley while shooting his 2010 Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo. […]

Libya’s revolution “will not stop until we have freedom”

alt informationAfter 42 years of political oppression in Libya, it was hoped that the apparatus of Gaddafi’s regime would be dismantled after he was swept from power. Vestiges of the despot's suffocating grip on free speech still remain, and are still being used to suppress political expression. Alastair Sloan reports

Three years after Arab Spring officials thwart digital dissent

alt informationThe “social media revolutions” once had tyrants fearing their imminent demise. Now Twitter users from Marrakech to Manama know — call for political reforms, joke about a sensitive topic, or expose government abuse and you could end up in jail. Adrian Shahbaz reports

Free speech in post-Gaddafi Libya

After the fall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Libya has seen a flourishing of new media outlets and NGOs. But two years on, the country still faces challenges to free expression, says Ghazi Gheblawi

Libya throws out law criminalising glorification of Muammar Gaddafi

Libya’s Supreme Court yesterday threw out a new law criminalising the glorification of ousted dictator Muammar Gaddafi or his supporters. The law was deemed to be “unconstitutional”, after a group of Libyan lawyers argued against the law for violating international law and the country’s interim constitutional covenant.

World Press Freedom Day 2012

The last year has seen tumultuous shifts for media freedom. But core problems still remain in the world's troublespots, says Padraig Reidy

Lindsey Hilsum on Libya opening up

Channel 4's Lindsey Hilsum on capturing the glorious moment when a repressive regime falls and people are able to tell their stories for the first time

Libya: British journalists freed

Two British journalists who were arrested and accused of spying by a Libyan militia group have been released. Gareth Montgomery-Johnson and Nicholas Davies, who work for Iran’s state-owned Press TV were released on Sunday and cleared of all charges. The journalist’s were arrested on 23 February by a Misrata militia based in Tripoli in a direct challenge to the […]

Libya: British journalists accused of spying by militia group

Two British journalists have been accused of spying in Libya by a militia group who arrested them last month. Gareth Montgomery-Johnson, 36, and Nicholas Davies, 37, from Iran’s state-owned Press TV were arrested by the militia group in Tripoli on 23 February. In a late-night press conference, Dr Suleiman Fortia, a Misratan member of Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council showed what […]

John Moores University withdraws Robert Halfon libel case

Liverpool John Moores university has dropped its libel case against Conservative MP Robert Halfon, who had criticised the university's alleged commercial links with the regime of Colonel Gadaffi.

Libyan government deports 26 journalists

The Libyan government has decided to deport 26 foreign journalists from the country. The journalists, who had all been invited by the government, were initially told that they would have to leave by Thursday; however their departure has now been postponed until 9 April. Reports suggest that the names of the reporters were posted in […]

Libya releases Al Jazeera journalist

Al Jazeera reporter Lotfi Al Masoudi has been released after being detained by Libyan forces. He was one of four journalists who were arrested on 19 March. They were released on the 31 March, then rearrested later the same day.  The Libyan officials offered no explanation as to why they were detained and would not reveal […]