Video: Building a Free Media in Libya

For decades, the media in Libya served as nothing more than a propaganda tool for the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

But the revolution has brought change not just to the country's leadership, but also to its media environment.

Over the past year, Libyans have seen an explosion in brand new media outlets. At least 120 print outlets have sprung up, as well as fresh alternatives on TV and radio.

Meanwhile, a new generation of Libyan journalists are enjoying their newfound freedom of expression despite the lack of training and infrastructure.

Building a vibrant free media has become a top priority for hundreds of exiled Libyans who have now returned to their homeland with renewed energy and enthusiasm.

Listening Post's Flo Phillips examines the flourishing media scene in Libya and the challenges that lie ahead:

(Source: Al Jazeera)

One Response to Video: Building a Free Media in Libya

  1. Michael Duggan 2nd January 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    An old student of mine came to visit me at my school in Leeds, UK.
    "I have some students for you." He said.
    He then took out his mobile phone and showed me a video he had taken during the revolutionary fighting. As the AK47's rattled out, he pointed to one man strafing the road firing in the direction of troops and another man taking cover.
    "He will be one and he is the other." He said.

    Such scenes would have been impossible without the student being able to carry his phone with him when he returned to his degree studies here. The two men were also returning and would be taking English lessons with me. Had things been different, I may never have met them.

    Seeing this video made me realize that without open journalism, people inside and outside a country would not be able to see what is happening around them.

    Creating a free media in Libya not only keeps information free but also helps prevent dictatorship from finding a place or blinding its people.

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