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TRIPOLI, LIBYA: A 13-member Arab and International delegation of media support organizations is conducting a week-long visit to Libya, to assess the media situation, show solidarity with independent Libyan journalists and fledgling free media, conduct workshops and find ways to support independent media in the wake of revolution.
The delegation, in Libya until 3 November, will meet media practitioners, officials of the National Transitional Council and will hold workshops on media law, audio visual regulation, media safety and building a vibrant free media. Visits to media outlets in Benghazi, Tripoli and other Libyan cities are planned.
Senior NTC official Mahmoud Shammam welcomed the delegation.
"The delegation's mission and aim of working with local media outlets and helping us regulate the media landscape in the new Libya is exactly what we need at this time," he said.
The visit is the initiative of the Copenhagen-based International Media Support, (IMS), the Doha Centre for Media Freedom and the Amman-based Community media Network (CMN).
The trip's goals
The delegation also includes representatives of Article 19, Internews (US), Free Press Unlimited (Holland), International News Safety Institute, Sawt Al Hurr (Egypt), PenMedia (Palestine), the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), and Arab Network for Human Rights Information (Egypt).
"The goal of our trip is not merely to assess the media situation; we are going to Libya to show solidarity with independent Libyan journalists and the fledgling free media and to find ways in which we can work together," said mission spokesman Daoud Kuttab, director general of CMN from Jordan.
Jesper Hojberg of IMS from Denmark said that the visit will help international media organization to coordinate and "better focus its efforts based on the expressed needs of our Libyan colleagues."
Jan Keulen, director of the Doha Centre for Media Freedom, called the visit an "important foundation for a holistic Arab and international approach to the building of a free media in the new Libya." Keulen suggested a possible follow up meeting in Doha, Qatar this winter.
WAN-IFRA WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India, Spain, France and Sweden, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18 000 publications, 15 000 online sites and over 3000 companies in more than 120 countries. The organisation was created by the merger of the World Association of Newspapers and IFRA, the research and service organisation for the news publishing industry. Go to: http://www.wan-ifra.org
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