Demands for Libya to disclose fate of kidnapped journalist
Libya, Politics, 6/4/2005
The Human rights monitor foundation appealed the Libyan authorities to disclose the fate of the Libyan journalist Deif al-Ghazzele who was kidnapped by unidentified persons in Benghazi city on on May 21.
The foundation expressed fears that he was killed by "the extremists in the revolutionary committees movement" over his continued disputes with them because of his continued criticism for the movement's practices.
Deif al-Ghazelle published several articles in "Libya today" newspaper in which he criticized the prevailing conditions in the country. He called for the need to have a clear policy to eliminate corruption in all its forms. He also announced his boycotting writing in the Libyan daily al-Zahf al-Akhdar which belongs to the revolutionary committee movement.
The writer was in direct confrontation with certain symbols of the movement that reached the extend of threatening him frequently of killing.
The Monitor foundation demanded the Libyan authorities disclose the fate of the journalists after his family members and friends found no evidence to find him as his place of detention is not known.
The monitor held the Libyan government the responsibility of his disappearance by any side. It also held it responsible for killing him "because he is a Libyan citizen kidnapped on the Libyan territories," demanding the authorities to take the initiative and search for him and arrest his kidnappers before it is too late.
The foundation considered that the kidnapping of Deir al-Ghazelle is a big setback to all steps taken by the country to improve human rights, considering that this behavior intends to terrify writers and journalists and cultural elite so as to stop criticizing corruption and demand the introduction of reforms.
Worthy mentioning that Deif al-Ghazzele was born in 1973 and joined the revolutionary committees since 10 years. He worked as a journalist for four years in al-Zahf al-Akhdar newspaper and published several articles in the Libyan dailies. He announced boycotting writings in all dailies belong to the Libyan regime, saying that this stems from his desire to "correct the path" in his country.
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