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Last updateJeu, 29 Jan 2015 3pm

Press: Reporters Without Borders concerned about press freedom in Libya

Press freedom in Libya - Insecurity in Libya has strongly and negatively influenced freedom of the press in the country, the Paris-based media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), has said.

A statement obtained on Wednesday in Tripoli condemned attacks, bombings and other forms of terrorism against professionals of information and communication, who were increasingly being targeted by armed groups across the country.

RSF called for normal working conditions and steps to ensure that independent and transparent investigations were conducted into the crimes and perpetrators brought to justice.

The organization also called for the protection of journalists to enable them to perform their work safely instead of being hindered.

Journalists have been victims of violence of various kinds, some being beaten during demonstrations, while others are abducted.

RWB recalled that three Libyan television journalists were abducted in February and held for two weeks before being released last Monday by unidentified men who gave no reason for their act.

Correspondents and reporters of the Libyan state broadcaster, Al-Naba and international cable TV, Al-Jazeera, have been victims of violence and were also insulted by demonstrators two weeks ago during protests against the General National Congress (Parliament).

They were accused of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, whose party in the country is the Justice and Construction Party.

A private television station, Al-Assima (the Capital), was attacked by unidentified men who used an explosive device and RPGs destroying some of its equipment and studios.

Pana 28/02/2014