Al Jazeera cameraman shot in Libya

Al Jazeera has stressed that it will continue to report events in Libya after confirming that one of its journalists, Ali Hassaon Al Jaber, was shot dead over the weekend.

The cameraman was returning to the rebel-controlled town of Benghazi, after reporting from an opposition protest when the car he was travelling in came under fire.

Network director Wadha Khanfar said Al Jaber’s death will not stop the news broadcaster from its reporting. “We cannot be intimidated by this or any other assault and to those attempting to muzzle Al Jazeera’s voice by their criminal acts, assassinating our staff or distorting our signal I say: The truth cannot be silenced, the truth has soldiers carrying a noble mission.”

The Independent is reporting that four men have been arrested by rebel forces for the murder of Al Jaber, and they have allegedly confessed “that they had been ordered to silence opposition figures and drive out international presence from territories of the protest movement”, says the newspaper’s report.

It’s yet another attack on the freedom of journalists attempting to report the events taking place in Libya, as a rebel uprising fights to unseat Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and his regime. Last week, three BBC journalists were released from captivity, claiming they were subject to torture at the hands of Gaddafi’s forces. A journalist from the Guardian, Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, has been detained since last Sunday, with Amnesty International saying it is “deeply concerned” for his safety.

(Source: Press Gazette, The Independent)

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