Friday, March 11, 2011

BBC Arabic Team Detained and Arrested in Libya

Three BBC Arabic Team journalists in Libya were detained for 21 hours whilst trying to reach the besieged city of Zawiya, in the Western part of the country in an attempt to report on unfolding events there.

In a clear sign of brutality, the men were beaten with fists, knees and rifles, hooded and subjected to mock executions by Libyan troops and secret police, loyal to Gaddafi. The UN Human Rights Commissioner, Navi Pillay stated that such treatment of journalist may amount to torture as it was illega.

The journalists have since left Libya, and a Libyan government official has apologised for their treatment.

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