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Italian guards insulted journalists in Tripoli

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Libyan Center for Freedom of Press (LCFP) condemned, Thursday, the assault against Libyan journalists by Italian security in Mitiga International Airport in Tripoli, on Wednesday night, while covering the transport of dead Italians who were killed by the Islamic State (IS) in Sabratha.

According to Ean Libya website, the LCFP documented the incident, which it described as “Unprecedented”, and denounced the assault by foreign security elements against Libyan journalists despite the existence of Libyan security.

The statement called the Italian Foreign Ministry to condemn what it called “a crime and a smirch in the face of all Italians, who claim respect for human rights and freedom”. The LCFP called Italy to apologize for the journalists.

From another side, the statement asked Mitiga airport authorities for explanations concerning the incident.

Associated Press (AP) photographer, Mohamed Bin Khalifa, was prevented from capturing photos, and insulted by Italian security, despite having working license.