Libya, "returning to the dark days of total media control," blocks websites.

Posted: 05 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
"Libya's moves in late January, 2010, to block access to at least seven independent and opposition Libyan web sites based abroad and to YouTube is a disturbing step awayfrom press freedom, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should restore web site access immediately, Human Rights Watch said. 'These web sites were the one recent sign of tangible progress in freedom of expression in Libya,' said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, 'The government is returning to the dark days of total media control.' On January 24, Libyans woke to find that they could no longer access independent and opposition Libyan web sites based abroad,such as Libya Al Youm, Al Manara, Jeel Libya, Akhbar Libya,and Libya Al Mostakbal, which had become major sources of news." HRW, 3 February 2010.