Still no word of cyber-dissident Al Mansouri five months after his arrest

first_img LibyaMiddle East – North Africa News to go further Follow the news on Libya Organisation News December 17, 2019 Find out more May 12, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Still no word of cyber-dissident Al Mansouri five months after his arrest LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News News Reporters Without Borders today urged foreign embassies in Tripoli to ask the Libyan authorities what has happened to bookseller and cyber-dissident Abdel Razak Al Mansouri, who has disappeared without trace since his arrest on 12 January, apparently for making fun of a speech by President Muammar Gaddafi in an article he sent the day before to a foreign website. His family has received no news of him since then. February 23, 2021 Find out more RSF_en On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom June 24, 2020 Find out more Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul Reporters Without Borders today urged foreign embassies in Tripoli to ask the Libyan authorities what has happened to bookseller and cyber-dissident Abdel Razak Al Mansouri, who has disappeared without trace since his arrest on 12 January, apparently for making fun of a speech by President Muammar Gaddafi in an article he sent the day before to a foreign website. His family has received no news of him since then.”Although carried out by the police, the arrest seems more like a kidnapping,” the press freedom organization said. “Abdel Razak Al Mansouri’s family has not been informed of the charges against him or where he is being held, so we call on foreign diplomats based in Tripoli to ask the Libyan government for the official reason for his arrest and his place of detention.”Al Mansouri’s last article, dated 11 January and posted on the London-based dissident website www.akhbar-libya.com, mocked a speech made a few days before by President Gaddafi in which he said he “accepted different opinions.”Two messages were posted in late April and early May on the Akhbar Libya site by persons claiming to be Al Mansouri’s sisters, Noria and Faiza, in which they said they were “proud” of their brother and called on other Libyan Internet users to follow his example by posting messages on the Web in their own name.Aged 52, Al Mansouri is believed to have been arrested in the eastern city of Tobruk on the evening of 12 January. It is believed the security services transferred him to a prison in Tripoli two days later. Only Akhbar Libya has reported his arrest, which has never been confirmed by the authorities.Al Mansouri began writing articles for Akhbar Libya last year, discussing social issues and human rights violations by the Libyan authorities.Libya is ranked 154th in the Reporters Without Borders classification of 167 countries according to their respect for press freedom. last_img read more

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