Cairo On — The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemns the continuing targeting of the media and press in Libya by the armed groups and using the violence in oder to terrorize and to muzzle their voices. This comes after unidentified assailants stormed the headquarter of Libya Aljadidah newspaper in Tripoli.
On Friday night, a number of unidentified assailants stormed the newspaper's headquarter in Tripoli and seized the equipment and contents therein with the aim of banning the newspaper from resuming its work and publishing the issue on time; in an attempt to complete the series of violence and attacks on media freedoms in Libya.
It is reported that the violent acts and brute attacks against the activists, journalists and media professionals by the armed groups had been escalated during the last period in an effort to terrorize them in order not to do their job or transfer the information and views to the public opinion. On Friday (9 August), the journalist Ezz El-Din Koussad was killed by armed men, and also the dissent Abdel Sallam El-Mesmary was shot dead outside his house on July 26.
"It is a pity that the political groups continue targeting the media professionals and journalists amid the ongoing failure of the authorities over restoring security to the Libyan street and provide the proection essential to the media professionals" ANHRI said.
ANHRI added that "all the parts in Libya should accept the nature of media work and not to condsider it a part of any conflict in Libya. They should get the significant role of journalism and media in building the new ddemocratic state, as it couldn't happen without respecting them. Also, the journalists are not a part in any conflict and their duty is to transfer what is happening in the country to the public opinion".
ANHRI demands from the Libyan authorities to conduct an urgent investigation and to identify those who stormed the newspaper's headquarters to be trialled. It also awaits for announcing the names of those who killed Ezz El-Din Koussad and Abdel Sallam El-Mesmary.