Libya: Cybercrime law threatens to restrict free expression

Recent articles in Libya

Libyan journalists hold a portrait of fellow reporter Mohammed bin Khalifa, who was killed the previous day while covering militia clashes, during a protest to denounce violence against journalists, in Tripoli, 20 January 2019, MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images

Libyan photographer Mohamed Ben Khalifa killed during clashes between militia near Tripoli

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) calls on authorities to urgently act to ensure a safe working environment for journalists and puts a stop to attacks against them.

Ahmed Maiteeq, deputy head of Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA), speaks during a press conference in the capital Tripoli, 26 June 2018, MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images

The Libyan government must act against attacks on journalists and the media

Among the incidents, journalists accuse the authorities of leading false prosecutions and fabricated espionage charges as well as conducting numerous arbitrary arrests.

Human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis, a lawyer who played an active part in Libya's 2011 revolution, during a demonstration in Benghazi, 10 May 2013; Bugaighis was shot dead by unknown assailants at her home in 2014, ABDULLAH DOMA/AFP/Getty Images

Libya must uphold its obligation to protect women

As political turmoil and armed violence has escalated since 2013 and peaceful politics has receded sharply since the spring of 2014, the violence has impacted Libyan women as well.