Target: Prime Minister of Libya, Abdullah al-Thani
Goal: Punish those allegedly responsible for killing five reporters and two journalists, and provide full disclosure to the families of the victims.
In September 2014, Tunisian journalist Sofiene Chourabi and photographer Nadhir Ktari went missing in eastern Libya after being seized by an armed group. The government has recently released a statement claiming that they have five detained men that confess to Chourabi’s and Ktari’s murder, along with the deaths five local television reporters. Those in custody who confessed to the crime are reportedly Islamic State militants.
Journalists in Libya are in constant danger, and they risk their lives to provide information to the public that would be otherwise denied to them. Human Rights Watch reports that there have been eight killings of journalists in Libya as well dozens of attacks since 2012. The Islamic State militants have allegedly killed five journalists working for Libya’s Barqua TV channel: one Egyptian and four Libyans.
Up to 200 demonstrators have gathered since the government released this information, and have been chanting with pictures of Chourabi and Ktari. Many protestors commented that they are tired of rumors and lies, and are demanding the truth about what happened to the journalists, and for justice to be provided. Human Rights Watch has asserted that the Libyan authorities are responsible for providing details of the fate of missing journalists, and to hold all perpetrators accountable.
Becoming a journalist in a country such as Libya is a brave and honorable career, and should be encouraged. Instead, many go missing or end up dead. Please sign the petition below to support freedom of speech, and to punish those responsible for the murder of these journalists.
Dear Prime Minister,
Human Rights Watch has documented the killing of eight journalists in Libya, as well as dozens of attacks, since 2012. The recent statement made by the government of Libya claiming that Sofiene Chourabi and Nadhir Ktari have been killed by Islamic State militants provides only part of the story. The citizens of Libya deserve to know what happened to them.
These journalists also deserve justice. Please punish those who are responsible for killing these two journalists, and continue to punish those who silence reporters in Libya. Journalists should be protected from harm, and deserve to have freedom of speech.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Anis Mili