23 April 2009

Alert

Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi launches legal action against three Moroccan newspapers


Incident details

newspaper(s)

legal action
President Gaddafi to work full time on persecuting Arab Journalists!
Three Libyan Lawsuits against Moroccan newspapers

(ANHRI/IFEX) - 22 April, 2009 - The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) has described today the complaints made by the Libyan Embassy in Rabat against three Moroccan newspapers - namely, "Al-Masaa", "Al-Garida Al-Oula" and "Moroccan Events" - as a threat to freedom of expression and the press in Morocco which must be confronted.

A few days ago, the Libyan Embassy in Rabat submitted a complaint to the King's Deputy (Public Prosecutor) against the three newspapers, accusing them of insulting and belittling the dignity of the Libyan President, Muammar Gaddafi, on the grounds that they had published articles criticizing Gaddafi or referring to him in a way which the Libyan Embassy claims is unacceptable.

The first complaint is against journalist Younis Meskeen for an article he wrote in which he quoted he Moroccan communications minister likening the childish attitudes of Gaddafi to those of his Venezuelan counterpart.

Journalist Ali Anzola was questioned because in one of his articles in "Al-Garida Al-Oula" he described the way the Libyan President came to power as "a coup".

The third complaint was against Al-Mukhtar Leghzaiwi, a journalist from the "Moroccan Events" newspaper.

It is to be noted that the Libyan President has recently pursued legal action against Arabic journalists through his embassies abroad. He has gone after the Algerian newspaper "Al-Shorouq", as well as the Egyptian papers "Sawt el-Omma" and "Al-Doustour" and the Saudi newspaper "Al-Watan".

"It seems that President Gaddafi, after overthrowing press freedom in Libya, has started to focus his attention and experience on prosecuting Arab journalists outside his country. We must stand by these journalists, in order to preserve what is left of press freedom in the Arab world," said ANHRI.



Source

Arabic Network for Human Rights Information
19-26 July St., Downtown, 4th Floor, Flat 55
Cairo
Egypt
info (@) anhri.net
Phone: +20 227 736177
Fax: +20 227 736177
 
Libya
 
More from Libya
  • Freedom on the Net 2017: Libya

    On several occasions, armed protestors stormed the offices of telecommunications providers to shut off internet access to rival cities in retaliation for alleged offenses

  • Freedom of the Press 2016: Libya

    A draft constitution containing some protections for media freedom was published in October, but it appeared unlikely to move forward until political actors could implement an agreement to end the civil war and form a unity government.

  • Freedom on the Net 2015: Libya

    "absence of legal protections for online users and widespread impunity for militias and vigilante groups"