Libyan Newspapers Multiply After Revolution

By: Michel Cousins |

BENGHAZI: Under the arches on Benghazi’s rundown Omar Mukhtar Street, the news agents have not known anything like it for decades. They now have dozens of different newspapers to sell — and people not only want to buy them but also read them. Before the revolution, the press was tightly controlled. In its 2010 press freedom index, Reporters Without Borders put Libya at 160th position out of 178 states. It was so controlled and so full of obsequious praise for Muammar Qaddafi that very few Libyans bothered to read it. “I only looked at it for the sports,” says Abdul Hamid who now works for a humanitarian relief agency.

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