Since he launched the “Green Revolution” 39 years ago, the “brother leader” Muammar Gaddafi has distanced himself from his original socialist ideals, but journalists are only benefiting very slowly from the gradual relaxation of the regime. They still have no room for manoeuvre and have to relay Gaddafi’s propaganda. His personality cult is visible in the streets and in the official media.
In 2007, and for the first time since Kadhafi took power, non-governmental media have been authorised in Libya, but they remain under the supervision of the head of state’s immediate staff. Pluralism of information in Libya remains an illusion. The ending of the country’s diplomatic isolation has had many consequences for the economy, but has changed little in the field of internal politics.
Foreign media are also closely watched and their representatives have trouble getting in to the country. Many newspapers are still confiscated at the border.
Reporters Without Borders still has no news of journalist Abdullah Ali al-Sanussi al-Darrat, who vanished into prison in 1973.
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