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Libyan Freedom of the Press Centre Publishes Detailed Report on Violations Against Journalists and the Media in 2015.

Libyan Freedom of the Press Centre Publishes Detailed Report on Violations Against Journalists and the Media in 2015.Wednsday , 13-01-2016 – 17:03:00

Tripoli, 13 January 2016(Lana) The last quarter of 2015 has seen grave violations and assaults against journalists and the media in Libya, which could threaten the entire journalistic and media work, a watchdog report said. The report published by the Libyan Freedom of the Press Centre revealed the extent of the violations against journalists by different parties bent on politicizing or silencing the media organs during the period from October to December 2015. The report showed the increase in the ratio of attacks on journalists including kidnapping, coercive disappearance, beatings and intimidation. This according to the report led to self- censorship and diminishing of the ability of journalists to carry out their work properly inside Libya. The report said arbitrary arrests and kidnappings still topping the list of violations as well as the harassment and censorship against journalists, who find themselves working in an environment charged with political division and tribal fanaticism. Despite the UN-brokered agreement between political parties allied with the armed groups, violations continued until the national consensus government moves to put an end to them, the report added. The biggest challenge for the Governemnt is to take measures to establish more open practices that guarantee the freedom of the press, and to eliminate the sources of intimidation and terrorism against journalists and the media in general, the report said, adding that 26 cases of assaults on journalists and the media were registered in 2015 compared to 23 in the third quarter of the year. Murder attempts and threatening against journalists have increased in the last quarter of 2015. 5 cases were registered in three Libyan cities compared to 3 in the third quarter of the year, the report indicated. Arbitrary detention cases and coercive disappearance also increased, 8 were registered compared to 5 in the third quarter. Kidnapping and torture against journalists and news readers registered to 4 compared to 3 in the third quarter. 4 cases of threatening prosecution or denying work permits against journalists were reported, compared to 6 in the third quarter, it added. =Lana=

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