Reporters Without Borders is extremely disturbed by the Tobruk-based government’s announcement yesterday that seven journalists who disappeared months ago – four Libyans, two Tunisians and an Egyptian – have been murdered by members of armed groups.
The Tobruk-based government’s justice ministry said its information was based on the confession of five recently-arrested suspects.
The four Libyan journalists – Khaled Al-Subhi, Younis Al-Mabrouk, Abdussalam Al-Maghrebi and Youssef Al-Qamoudi – and Egyptian cameraman Mohamed Galal all worked for Libya’s Barqa TV. They went missing in August. The two Tunisians, Sofiane Chourabi and Nadhir Ktari, worked for Tunisia’s First TV. They went missing in September.
“If confirmed, this news is a tragedy for freedom of information in Libya,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.
“In view of the chaos in Libya, we ask the UN special representative in Libya, Bernardino León, to launch a…
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