Libya’s media sector has undergone huge change since the country’s 2011 Revolution. Yet, as a new report by Fatima El Issawi for LSE/POLIS shows, considerable challenges remain – for media practitioners, media policy-makers, media development actors, and international donors – as Libya transitions towards a new democratic Constitution (on which, more from Article 19).
As a new ‘Constitutional Committee’ prepares to draft a new Constitution for Libya, Fatima El Issawi’s report is a crucial contribution to the debate about the future of Libya’s media, and we’re delighted to share it with you – it’s embedded below, and it’s also available as a PDF download.
Further research on Libya’s media sector:
The body of work on media in the new Libya is growing – much of it cited in Fatima’s report. If you know of any other significant work, in any language, on Libya’s media, please let us know via email, the comments box, or Twitter. We’ll update the resources below accordingly.
In the immediate aftermath of the Revolution, several reports assessing the state of and prospects for Libya’s media sector emerged from Internews, IMS, CIMA and the Doha Centre, among others. The London-based Legatum Institute subsequently supported the creation of a Libya Media Wiki (also in English), aiming to foster collaboration between the various international and local actors with a stake in the development of Libya’s media. The Institute for War and Peace Reporting also operates projects in the country.
MIGS at Canada’s Concordia University produces regular summaries of the local press in a range of countries at risk of genocide, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and serious war crimes – Libya is one of their focus countries.