Demands On Libyan Authorities Investigate Killing Photographer
Paris Francophone Institute for Freedoms (PFIF) expressed its upset over the killing of Mohammed bin Khalifa, a photographer working for the Associated Press, during clashes in the Libyan capital Tripoli between the Tripoli Protection Force and the 7th Brigade.
Paris Institute calls on the internationally recognized government in Libya to open an immediate investigation and hold serious accountability for the perpetrators of the murder of journalist Ben Khalifa and bring them before the courts.
Libyan journalist Ben Khalifa became the 15th victim among those killed by armed clashes between the Seventh Brigade and the Tripoli Protection Force of the National Reconciliation Government, which has been in operation since last Wednesday.
The clashes are taking place in a number of areas south of the Libyan capital, particularly in the vicinity of Qasr Ben Ghashir, the Wadi Al Rabea road, Khallet al-Furjan and the area of the airport.
PFIF emphasizes the responsibility of the Libyan authorities to act to stop attacks on media freedom and to ensure a safe working environment for journalists in the country in light of the repeated cases of violations against journalists in the country without official accountability of its perpetrators.
Journalists working in Libya are subjected to numerous violations, including obstruction in government procedures for the official approval of the journalist by the Department of Foreign Information, the non-issuance of press cards to Libyan journalists working in foreign media institutions, and non-issuance of visas for foreign journalists to carry news from Libya.
PFIF expresses its solidarity with the family and colleagues of journalist Ben Khalifa and its support for all Libyan journalists who have suffered years of attacks and intimidation. It calls on the government of national reconciliation to investigate all attacks on journalists and hold those responsible accountable.
It also affirms the right of journalists in Libya to work in a safe environment, and that the Government of National Reconciliation and all authorities in the country must take full responsibility for the freedom of work for journalists working in areas under their control and the protection of their lives.