3 December 2013

Libya: Ongoing String of Killing Journalists and Media Professionals in Libya, ANHRI Condemns the Murder of "Tripoli Fm" Owner By Unknown Attackers

Photo: Radwan Gariani/Facebook
Radwan Gariani, slain owner of Tripoli FM.

press release

Cairo: — The Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) today condemned the ongoing murder of activists, media professionals and opinion makers in Libya, under the failure of government, which came to power following the overthrow of autocratic Muammar Al-Gaddafi in 2011, to restore security in the Libyan street and to disarm the militias.

The 44 years old Owner and Chief Executive of Tripoli FM, Radwan Ali Gariani, was killed last Sunday, December 1, by unidentified gunmen in Ghot Al-Roman, east of Tripoli.

An army patrol was found the body of Gariani shot by 4 bullets, with no claim of responsibility for the incident from any authirities, or declaring the reasons and motives that led to the murder of the media professional.

Radio "Tripoli FM" is one of the independent radios that was established in November, 2011, in the wake of toppling the regime of Muammar Al-Gaddafi who confiscated the right to possessing independent radios for more than four decades.

Although the real motives behind the murder of Garinani, but it is likely to be a new string of killing media professionals and opinion makers because of their profession as well as their views concerning the incidents are occurring in the country. Last month, journalist "Hassan Al-Barnawi" and photographer "Saleh Eiad" were shot dead during clashes in Tripoli, while journalist "Abdel Salam Kussad" was killed in front of his home last August.

ANHRI said, "The physical liquidation of media professionals and opinion maker is an approach followed by unknown militias with the aim of silencing the opinion makers and intimidating them. Therefore, Libyan authorities should end the state of chaos dominates the streets and disarm these illegal militias in order not to let violence mounts, which may plunge the country into sea of blood."

ANHRI calls on Libyan authorities to urgently open a investigations on the events of murdering journalists and media professionals, to identify the perpetrators in order to be brought to a fair trials. However, continuing the police of impunity will lead to more killing processes for opinion makers. ANHRI also bears Libyan authorities the responsibility of securing media professionals and opinion makers.

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