Journalists under attack

Committee to Protect Journalists tells us that in recent days over 40 attacks on press have been documented in Libya.

    Ali Hassan Al Jaber, an Al Jazeera cameraman, was killed in Libya last Saturday, the first known journalist to be killed in the current Libyan conflict. 

    Al Jaber was returning to the eastern city of Benghazi from a nearby town after filing a report, when unknown fighters opened fire on a car he and his colleagues were travelling in.

    Two others were also shot in the apparent ambush, with three bullets hitting Al Jaber - one through the heart. 

    Wadah Khanfar, the director-general of Al Jazeera, said that the network "will not remain silent" and will pursue those behind the ambush through legal channels.

    Mohamed Abdel Dayem, Middle East coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, told Al Jazeera that in recent days, the watchdog has documented more than 40 attacks on the press in Libya. 

    These include some 25 arbitrary detentions, five assaults, two attacks on news facilities, and the jamming of  television transmissions and internet service.

    I spoke to Abdel Dayem at the Al Jazeera Forum held in Doha this past weekend. He said that the killing of Al Jaber came "on the heels of an unprecedented campaign of intimidation" against journalists. Here is the interview:



    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Why is the West praising Malala, but ignoring Ahed?

    Is an empowered Palestinian girl not worthy of Western feminist admiration?

    Inside the world of Chinese bitcoin mining

    Inside the world of Chinese bitcoin mining

    China is one of the main exchange markets and hosts some of the biggest bitcoin 'mining pools' in the world.

    Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    Escaping systemic racism: Why I quit New York for Accra

    African-Americans are returning to the lands of their ancestors as life becomes precarious and dangerous in the USA.