7 February 2013

Libya: Attorney-General Decides to Investigate the Assault On Journalists

press release

Cairo — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), relieved due to the decision of the attorney-general to investigate the assault on journalists affiliated to a satellite TV channel during covering a session to the members of the national conference.

The "Capital Channel" team of journalists were beat, kicked and pushed by elements of guards affiliated to the national conference. The security guards were wearing civilian costumes, and they assaulted the journalists while they were covering an exceptional session to some of the members of the national conference on Friday February 1, 2013, despite they show the authorizations and denouements required to let them in.

Investigating the assaults decision was made after the denunciation campaign launched by the several journalists in which they have accused the national conference of systematic sought to silence the voices of the journalists and not enabling them from exercising their job in addition to subdue them and not denouncing such acts. In addition to video broad-casted on the Internet.

ANHRI said that "it welcomes the decision of the attorney-general to investigate the assaults which is a significant step on the path to support the journalists and to secure their way to access to information".

ANHRI said that "the repeated assaults and prosecutions to the freedom of opinion and expression during the era of the dictator "Qaddafi", mustn't not be existed in Libya after the revolution; people paid their souls a price for it".

ANHRI valued the status of the attorney-general and calls on him to conduct investigations related to the previous violations in particularly as the kidnapping of the blogger "Taloubah" who was released after he was held for 12 hours by the high security committee affiliated to the ministry of interior.

ANHRI calls on drafting legislations and laws that could guarantee the freedom, protection and access to defense to the journalist. In addition to access to the information and report it without restrictions or prosecutions that were always documented and proved. Moreover, the necessity that these legislations and laws must include penalties to whoever assaults a journalist in particularly as he had the required documents that proves practicing this profession.

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