First Published: 2009-06-01

 
Libya to nationalise Gathafi son's media group
 

Government will take control of satellite channels, radio, newspapers, printing house run by Al-Ghad.

 

Middle East Online

The press will be a state-controlled monopoly again

TRIPOLI - Libya said on Monday it plans to nationalise a media company set up by the son of its leader Moammar al-Gathafi, effectively making the press a state-controlled monopoly again.

The government will take control of satellite channels, radio, newspapers and a printing house run by Al-Ghad which was launched two years ago by Seif al-Islam, the cabinet said in a statement.

Seif al-Islam, seen by many as a reformer, has called on several occasions for press freedom and the media's independence from the state in the north African country.

In 2007, Al-Ghad launched two ground-breaking independent newspapers, which in their first few months broke a string of taboos by publishing criticism of senior officials, and a private satellite channel.

 

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