Protesters hold a banner bearing the portrait of Miftah Bouzeid, editor of the weekly newspaper Burniq, during a rally in Tripoli’s Martyrs' Square to protest against his assassination. Bouzeid, a critic of Libya's Islamist extremists, was shot dead in the centre of the Mediterranean city of Benghazi on May 26, 2014.
Various armed groups in Libya have violently attacked, kidnapped, intimidated, threatened, and killed Libyan journalists with impunity over the past two years, causing many to flee the country or impose self-censorship, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. At the same time, courts are prosecuting journalists and others for defaming public officials and other offenses that violate freedom of expression. The failure by successive governments and interim authorities to protect journalists has wiped out much of the limited media freedom that existed following the 2011 uprising that ousted the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.