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Attacks on the Press in 2005 - Snapshots: Libya

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date February 2006
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Attacks on the Press in 2005 - Snapshots: Libya, February 2006, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/47c56730c.html [accessed 17 September 2014]
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In June, the body of Libyan journalist Dayf al-Ghazal al-Shuhaibi was found in a Benghazi suburb. He had been missing since May 21. A former reporter for the government-owned daily Azahf al-Akhdar, al-Ghazal had recently been critical of government officials and the official media in articles written for the London-based online publications Libya Alyoum and Libya Jeel. He was briefly detained and questioned about his online writings by Libyan security agents in April. Justice Minister Ali Hasnaoui said al-Ghazal had been shot in the head and that his death was being investigated as murder.


Killed in 2005 in Libya

Daif al-Gahzal al-Shuhaibi, freelance, June 2, outside Benghazi

Al-Ghazal's body was found in a suburb of Benghazi, about 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) east of the capital, Tripoli. He had gone missing from his home on May 21, according to several sources. Al-Ghazal was a former journalist for the government-owned daily Azahf al-Akhdar and was contributor to the London-based Web sites Libya Alyoum and Libya Jeel.

Justice Minister Ali Hasnaoui said al-Ghazal was shot in the head and the death was being investigated as a murder.

Al-Ghazal, who worked for government media for several years and was a member of the governing Revolutionary Committees, had recently been critical of government officials and the official media in articles for the London-based Web sites. Al-Ghazal wrote an open letter in February, announcing his intention never to write for official media again and saying he was "protesting the attacks...journalists have faced while trying to reveal the truth." Al-Ghazal publicly criticized Libyan officials in his other articles on Libya Alyoum and Libya Jeel, accusing them of corruption and "stealing the public's money."

A source close to al-Ghazal told CPJ that the journalist was briefly detained and questioned by Libyan security agents in April.

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