Libya: UN message denounces attacks on media workers in Libya

Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Since the 17 February 2011 revolution, Libya has seen an expansion of media channels, allowing multiple perspectives and constructive debate in the society, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) in the north African country said in a message marking World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday.

"It is a phenomenon that should be celebrated.  However, journalists and media workers across the country continue to face attacks for exercising their freedom of expression," the message read.

Over the last 12 months alone, the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has documented 14 serious cases of human rights violations and abuses against journalists and media workers.

These included unlawful killing, enforced disappearance, arbitrary detention and deprivation of liberty, torture and ill-treatment as well as death threats.

"On this day, let us salute all those journalists who endured hardship to be the voice of the voiceless. Let us remember the journalists and media workers who lost their lives over the past year while covering stories in Libya.  

"To the families of Abdelkader Fassouk, Jeroen Oerlemans and Khaled Showiref Al-Zintani, our thoughts are with you. Also on this day, we recall the seven Libyan and Tunisian journalists who went missing in 2014, and wish them a safe return to their families," the SRSG stated, underlining the right to freedom of expression, including the freedom to seek, receive and impart information to all people in Libya.

"Impunity for attacks against journalists must be tackled and freedom of expression upheld," the message added, with emphasis on objectivity and independence of professional media which "does not spread hatred nor incite hostility and violence."
-0- PANA AR 3May2017

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