Skyline Demands Disclosing Whereabouts of Libyan Journalist Abducted while Covering Protests
STOCKHOLM - Skyline International today calls for revealing the whereabouts and fate of journalist Sami Al-Sharif who was detained while covering popular protests in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Al-Sharif was also abducted 5 years ago while practicing his job.
The Stockholm-based international foundation "Skyline" has testimonies indicating that Al-Sharif, the director of local broadcaster Al-Jawhara Radio, was abducted on August 23 by men in military uniforms, while he was covering anti-government protests in Tripoli.
While no military or security agency has yet acknowledged Al-Sharif’s arrest or disclosed any motive for his detention, Skyline stresses that the Government of National Accord must ensure his safety and release him immediately.
Skyline stresses the need to ensure freedom of media and to stop any attacks against journalists that prevent them from covering events and recording human rights violations. Libya must also respect the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights charters that prohibit restricting public freedoms and guarantee freedom of media.
Skyline affirms that any arrest of journalists is an attack on press freedoms and the right to freedom of opinion and expression guaranteed by international human rights covenants. It also contradicts Libya's obligations to provide protection and necessary measures for journalists and respect the right to freedom of opinion and expression. press freedoms.
According to Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Libya ranks 164th out of 180. The media sector pays a heavy price due to the political and security instability that Libya has been living for eight years.
Skyline indicates that the warring parties in Libya have impacted journalists and journalism profoundly. The political and military authorities have controlled media outlets by censoring any published information.
Skyline reiterates that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights obliges states to foster a safe and supportive environment for journalists to help them perform their work independently and without harassment or arbitrary arrests.