Missing Guardian journalist being held in Libya

A Guardian journalist who has been missing since Sunday is reportedly being held by Libyan authorities in Tripoli, after being detained in the coastal town of Sabratha.

The newspaper has been in contact with Libyan officials in an attempt to “guarantee his safety and wellbeing”, a major concern following the news this week that three BBC journalists were abused while being held by Libyan authorities.

Ghaith Abdul-Ahad, who has written for the Guardian since 2004, is being held alongside a Brazilian journalist, Andrei Netto. Reporters Without Borders, the international press freedom organisation, has condemned the arrests, saying, “journalists should not under any circumstances be made to pay for the fighting between government forces and rebels”.

(Source: The Guardian, Reporters Without Borders)




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Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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