Hit-listed human rights reporters in Libya need public support
Deborah Dupre, Human Rights Examiner examiner.com August 25, 2011
International appeal for protection of independent reporters evacuated in Libya
Human rights defenders appalled globally as the Libya ‘Media War’ rages were further disheartened on Thursday afternoon when Voltaire Network independent news group launched an international appeal for their two reporters’ protection from “NATO Rebels” that attempted to arrest Thierry Meysann, independent reporter in Libya.
Meysann and three other Voltaire journalists were among the three dozen reporters holed up in the Libyan hotel, were evacuated Wednesday by the Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that then the four Voltaire reporters in another hotel with no protection. The situation has left them extremely vulnerable according to Dupré’s sources late Thursday afternoon.
Voltaire Network stated Thursday at 3:25 p.m. that the journalists trapped inside the hotel Rixos in Tripoli since Sunday were evacuated 24 August 2011, at 5 p.m, by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
“The four members of the Voltaire Network team – journalists Thierry Meyssan, Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, Mathieu Ozanon and Julien Teil – were among them.”
Voltaire states that, after their release, “the rebels tried to detain Thierry Meyssan, well known for his articles exposing the crimes of NATO. The ICRC intervened to prevent his arrest.”
According to Voltaire and other reporters communicating with the Examiner, the journalists are now vulnerable.
After their evacuated, they were then taken to another hotel where there is no Red Cross protection according to Voltaire.
“The journalists have thus far been unable to reach the ship chartered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which is supposed to have already docked in Tripoli,” the statement reads.
“Voltaire Network is extremely concerned about the attitude showed by the NATO-sponsored “rebels” towards its journalists.
“It is hereby launching an international appeal to the international community urging for the protection of its journalists and for their safe departure from Libya.”
Thierry Meyssan is a French national residing in Lebanon. He is registered at the French consulate in Beirut. A journalist for more than twenty-five years, he is a frequent contributor to Arab, Latin American and Russian publications, such as Odnako in Russia and La Jornada in Mexico. He has written several books on international policy issues and has regularly cooperated with television media, such as RT, Telesur or PressTV. He is the president of Voltaire Network, a network of independent press agencies, grouping a dozen publications from around the world.
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya is a Canadian national. He lives in Ottawa and is currently a Global Researchcorrespondent in Tripoli. An independent journalist, he has published widely in several languages and given interviews to various media, including Russia Today, Press TV, Al Jazeera, Pacifica KPFA, Global Research, China Life Magazine. Several of his works have also been featured by Voltaire Network.
Mathieu Ozanonand Julien Teil are also Voltaire Network contributing authors.
The Guardian reported Monday that armed guards at the entrance to the hotel where the journalists have been, were ordered to stop them from leaving unaccompanied, but not always successful.
“Journalists who had suspected their computers had been hacked discovered printouts of their personal emails in an office used by officials.” (Emphasis added)
Libyan strategy against NATO Rebel sleeper cells
On Thursday afternoon, independent reporter Lizzie Phelan in Libya sent an update stating that she has heard that the Libyan Army is in control and Libyans are waving the green flag in the streets.
“Now what we’ve heard is that the strategy of the Libyan government and army was to permit the rebels into the city because previously they have been operating in sleeper cells and therefore, it was very difficult for the Libyan Army to know who they were or where they are hiding,” stated Phelan.
“It was part of bringing them out of the wood work.”
Phelan has heard that large tribes came in from their areas to Tripoli to join in the battle.
“We have also heard that Gaddafi was in Green Square with the people there.”
“Of course, this is a huge turnaround of events, and if they… are confirmed in the coming hours, then it will be very interesting to see what this means for NATO and its forces on the ground, ie., ‘the rebels.'” (Watch Lizzie Phelan report from Libya in the embedded Youtube, TVZNET, on this page left.)
Blood for Oil continues
The New York Times reported on August 22 that, before the NATO strikes on Libya began, the country exported 1.3 million barrels of oil a day.
“While that is less than 2 percent of world supplies, only a few other countries can supply equivalent grades of the sweet crude oil that many refineries around the world depend on.
“Western nations—especially the NATO countries that provided crucial air support to the rebels—want to make sure their companies are in prime position to pump the Libyan crude.”
Deborah Dupré learned Monday in communications from human rights defenders and independent journalists that they were appalled over the news that 1300 Libyans had been killed and 5000 wounded Saturday, plus, that U.S. allegedly ordered Targeted Killings of Voltaire Network reporters, Nazemroaya and Meyssan, non-mainstream reporters in Libya covering the NATO war.
Other independent reporters on the ground in Libya, painting a picture depicting different events than reported by mainstream news reporters, have been fired upon and one, Mohammed Nabbous was killed Saturday according to ABC News.
Journalist and WBAIX radio announcer Don DeBar reported on KPFA radio Monday that most mainstream “news” about Libya has been untrue, as alternative news sites heavily report but are increasingly persecuted according to their recent reports.
DeBar covered the Cynthia McKinney led Libya fact-finding mission with Wayen Madsen and other independent reporters in