The Libyan interim Government has shut down the public broadcaster’s two channels Al-Wataniya and Libya al Rasmiya after they were taken over by Islamists groups at the start of August. The Libyan public broadcaster (LNC) is a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Journalists working for the Libyan International Channel – part of the privately owned Albarqua TV channel – have been abducted by Islamist militants and are still missing.
The EBU has expressed solidarity for the staff, the director general Tarek al-Houmi and the management of its Member LNC, and fully supports their efforts to defend pluralism amid difficult circumstances – deserving of the respect of the international broadcasting community.
The EBU community also condemns the attack on the media and the abduction of journalists and demands their immediate release.
Islamist groups have lost the support of voters seeking to build a state based on the rule of law and respect for human rights. The media, and especially public service media, are an indispensable tool to achieve these objectives.