Painting a target on the press

Brett M. Decker

Posted on March 26, 2011

The civil war in Libya is spiraling out of control as dictator Moammar Gadhafi lashes out in every direction in a desperate attempt to cling to power. Out of this chaos, however, the brutal truth about this regime is becoming better known around the world. This doesn’t help Col. Gadhafi’s cause, so his forces are cracking down to suppress information to the outside world. Many journalists are caught in the crossfire.

On March 19, reporter Mohammed al-Nabbous was gunned down by a government sniper as he filmed fighting in Benghazi for his Free Libya blog. Another videographer was killed two weeks ago, and numerous foreign journalists have been detained for covering the uprising, including a reporter from the New York Times. A whole team from the Islamic television network Al Jazeera was arrested last weekend. The embattled leader of Libya must really be feeling the heat if he feels the need to censor Al Jazeera, which isn’t exactly known for impartiality when covering the Muslim world.

Continue reading this commentary on The Washington Times website.

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