Victims of armed conflict

Ten years after Libya’s popular uprising, the political, social and economic environment is still unstable. The political rivals in east and west continue their endless power struggle, while the actions of armed militias aggravate the situation, destabilising the political landscape and undermining the rule of law. This has taken a heavy toll on journalists and media for years, with many cases of censorship, violence and intimidation reported. At the same time, the media are being press-ganged into serving the various warring factions. Violence against journalists and media is encouraged by the fact that abuses go completely unpunished. The security situation is so bad that foreign reporters are no longer able to visit and cover what is now a news and information black hole. The plan to hold presidential elections in December 2021 offers the hope of a political transition. Libya needs laws guaranteeing freedom of expression, the safety of journalists and the right to reliable news reporting.

in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index



164 in 2020

Global score


55.77 in 2020

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2022
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2022
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2022
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