More than 50 attacks on media in Libya reported

Over 50 cases of attacks on the press in Libya have been reported since last month, the Committee to Protect Journalists has revealed.

The CPJ has recorded two deaths, a gunshot injury, 36 detentions, five assaults and two attacks on news facilities since unrest broke out in the country.

There have also been attacks on broadcasters such as Al-Jazeera and Al-Hurra, which have had transmissions blocked and faced obstruction throughout the country.

The treatment of journalists within Libya has come under intense focus, after high profile cases such as the capture of Guardian and BBC journalists led to political interventions to secure their release from pro-Gaddaffi forces.

The mistreatment of journalists has now reportedly extended to Syria and Bahrain, where 20 plainclothes gunmen raided Al-Jazeera’s Sana’a bureau.

(Source: Press Gazette)




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