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Annual Prison Census 2011 - Libya

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date 8 December 2011
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Annual Prison Census 2011 - Libya, 8 December 2011, available at: [accessed 18 December 2017]
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Journalists in prison as of December 1, 2011

Libya: 1

Hala al-Misrati, Al-Libiya
Imprisoned: August 21, 2011

Al-Misrati, an anchor for the daily news show "Libya Today" on state-aligned Al-Libiya television, was being held under house arrest, news reports said. Rebel forces detained her after seizing Tripoli and storming the station, which was launched in 2009 by Saif al-Islam, a son of the late leader Muammar Qaddafi.

Al-Misrati was known for her staunch support of Qaddafi's regime during the popular uprising that began in Libya in February. In an August 21 broadcast, aired as rebel forces were advancing on the capital, she was shown brandishing an automatic weapon and saying that she was ready to die for Qaddafi.

The London-based daily Al-Sharq al-Wasat quoted al-Misrati as saying that she was compelled to take a hard-line in support of the Qaddafi government. She told the paper that rebel forces had treated her well.

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