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17 July 2012 | Libya

Two TV journalists freed after negotiations

The intense negotiations for their release involved the National Transitional Council, the prime minister and many tribal elders.
16 July 2012 | Libya

Interior Ministry urged to reverse decision restricting right to peaceful demonstrations

Libyan citizens and organisations were instructed that they may not hold or participate in a demonstration without prior permission from the ministry.
10 July 2012 | Libya

Two TV cameramen abducted and held in Bani Walid

Abdelqader Fosouk and Youssuf Badi were reportedly kidnapped at around 5 p.m., as they were about to leave Bani Walid and return to Misrata in order to vote there before the polling stations closed.
18 June 2012 | Libya

Law restricting speech ruled unconstitutional

The presiding Judge declared a law that criminalised a variety of political speech unconstitutional, but added that the decision did not affect other pre-existing restrictions on speech, such as insulting Islam.
7 May 2012 | Libya

Authorities urged to revoke new draconian law

A new law banning insults against the people of Libya or its institutions, and prohibiting criticism of the country’s 2011 revolution and glorification of the deposed former leader Muammar Gaddafi, was passed on 2 May 2012.
19 March 2012 | Libya

Two British journalists freed following nearly four weeks' detention

Nicholas Davies-Jones and Gareth Montgomery-Johnson, who work for Iran’s state-owned English-language TV station Press TV, appeared at a news conference held by the interior ministry in Tripoli and were then driven to the British embassy.
27 February 2012 | Libya

Militia urged to transfer journalists to state

The Saraya Swehli militia, commanded by Faraj Swehli, detained Nicholas Davies-Jones and Gareth Montgomery-Johnson, both British citizens, in Tripoli early on February 21, 2012, along with three Libyans.
26 August 2011 | Libya

Six journalists still missing

The whereabouts of six Libyan journalists who have been missing for the past six months are still unknown.
25 August 2011 | Libya

Four Italian journalists released after being held for 24 hours; two French journalists sustain gunshot wounds

The four journalists were abducted on the road between Zawiya and Tripoli. According to "La Stampa", their Libyan driver was killed in front of them.
25 August 2011 | Libya

American journalist escapes from prison after five months in captivity

Matthew VanDyke was captured in mid-March by forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. The Libyan government only recently admitted to having him in custody.
23 August 2011 | Libya

Trapped journalists in Tripoli must be treated as civilians, says CPJ

Journalists in the hotel said that snipers were positioned around the property where pro-Qaddafi forces are still operating.
23 August 2011 | Libya

Australian journalist brutally attacked by unknown assailants in Benghazi

Two armed men wearing military fatigues broke into Tracey Shelton's room at the Africa Hotel, tied her up, beat her, and attempted to kidnap her.
19 August 2011 | Libya

Details of protesters' execution come to light

Government forces fired on apparently peaceful protesters, killing at least two and wounding 10, in the town of Bani Walid, on 28 May 2011.
20 May 2011 | Libya

IFJ blasts Libya over "cruel" cover up of journalist's killing

Authorities had maintained that photojournalist Anton Hammerl was alive and detained along with three other foreign reporters who were recently released.
21 April 2011 | Libya

Second photojournalist dies from injuries sustained in Misrata mortar attack

Chris Hondros, a former Pulitzer Prize nominee, also won the 2006 Robert Capa Gold Medal for his "exceptional courage and initiative" in Iraq.
20 April 2011 | Libya

Photojournalist killed, three photographers wounded in explosion

British photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington was killed in an explosion in the western city of Misurata, believed to have been caused by a mortar round.
31 March 2011 | Libya

Reuters journalists come under attack in Syria and Libya

Citing diplomatic sources, Reuters said correspondent Suleiman al-Khalidi, a Jordanian national, had been detained in Damascus.
21 March 2011 | Libya

Four journalists detained, three missing, another killed

Mohammed al-Nabbous was killed by sniper fire while he was covering a battle in the vicinity of Benghazi, The Associated Press and regional news websites reported.
17 March 2011 | Libya

Four "New York Times" journalists missing; "The Guardian" correspondent released

The government gave its assurance that if the journalists were captured, they would be released unharmed, Bill Keller, executive editor of the "New York Times", is quoted as saying.
14 March 2011 | Libya

Al-Jazeera journalist killed, another wounded

Ali Hassan al-Jaber was struck three times by bullets and died in hospital after the vehicle he was traveling in was fired upon by unidentified gunmen.


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