LIBYAPROSPECT – Tripoli
Journalists in various cities of Libya have been struggling through an extremely bloody season. Crimes and violent attacks are on the rise. Stories of repression and getaways narrated by journalists in the light on an environment, where criminals can get away with anything, have been alarming, to say the least.
The Libyan Center for Freedom of Press (LCFP) released their second periodic report, which covers the period between April and June, in the face of violence and intimidation, upon strenuous efforts by journalists and activists alongside researchers from the monitoring and documentation unit, in order to defend the values of freedom and fairness entitled to journalists.
Waves of violence are rising amid tensions and pressures, burdening local journalists who’ve fallen victim to repeated attacks by several armed groups, where the political divide was combined with the regional and ideological difference, despite numerous appeals launched by the Libyan Center For Freedom of Press and other international organizations in hopes of bettering the situation.
In this regard, the CEO of the Libyan Center For Freedom of the Press, Mohammed Al-Najem, stated that “this environment of worsening conflicts, has made it difficult to document attacks accurately and professionally, especially with the panic and fear experienced by the journalists.” He also added that “we need larger national and international movements, to provide protection for the Libyan journalists, attacks, and crimes must be stopped.”
During the second quarter of the current year 2016, twenty-one violent attacks were recorded in eight cities; Tripoli came first regarding a noticeable increase in attacks. As for Benghazi and Sirte, they recorded the highest number of most gruesome attacks.
According to the monitoring and documentation process, conducted by the Freedom of The Press Center, the majority of incidents occurred in a systematic manner, intended to intimidate journalists, and discourage them from performing the task of covering the ongoing crisis, professionally and adequately.