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					                       Network of Free Ulema - Libya

                 In the Name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate
         Blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad, his Kin, and his Companions

                                    PRESS RELEASE

                             PROTECTING JOURNALISTS

                                Tuesday 15th March 2011

The Network of Free Ulema – Libya expresses its deepest condolences to the leadership
and people of Qatar, to Al Jazeera, and especially to the bereaved family of our beloved
martyr, the veteran cameraman Ali Hassan Al-Jaber, who was murdered by Gaddafi’s
cowardly mercenary hit squads. May God grace him with His peace, and grace his family
with endurance and healing.

Our hearts and prayers also go out to all journalists that are currently detained by Gaddafi,
his thugs and mercenaries in their systematic campaign to silence all information about
the continuing atrocities that are being committed against the Libyan people.

The bravery of Libyan and international journalists in reporting on the facts on the ground
in the face of violence, obstruction and propaganda by the regime is nothing short
of heroic. Without their efforts the outside world would not be able to understand the truly
shocking nature of the evil that Gaddafi’s thugs are perpetrating against the Libyan
people.

Since February 17th, Gaddafi’s henchmen have been guilty of over twenty-five detentions,
five assaults, at least two attacks on news facilities, the constant jamming of satellite
news channels, and the continued obstruction and monitoring of internet and telephone
lines. At least six journalists are still unaccounted for. The harrowing ordeal faced by
Feras Kilani and Goktay Koraltan of the BBC, and brave witness of Alex Crawford
from SkyNews of the regime’s indiscriminate brutality against civilians in the city of
Az-Zawiyah, among others, and the martyrdom of Ali Hassan Al-Jaber are testimony
enough of the regime’s systematic and violent efforts to silence and distort the truth.

The Network of Free Ulema – Libya stands by every journalist carrying out their duty to
report and uncover the truth. We urge all international governments and institutions to
protect and support them in their noble vocation. We completely condemn the murder,
beating, mock execution, detention, and intimidation of journalists. This must be put to
an end and those guilty of harming journalists must be held accountable in the Interna-
tional Criminal Court.


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We urge the great Libyan people, who have shown unstinting courage and sacrifice, to
continue doing their utmost to protect all journalists and media staff from the attacks by
the regime. They side with you, because they side with the truth.



                                 NETWORK OF FREE ULEMA

                                        www.freeulema.org
                                       info@freeulema.org


                      ABOUT THE NETWORK OF FREE ULEMA – LIBYA

We are a network of some of Libya’s most senior and most respected Muslim Religious Scholars
with various specializations and tribal backgrounds from across our beloved Libya. Our network
also includes some of the most respected Sufi Teachers in our country. Some top Judges, Lawyers,
Doctors, Engineers, University Professors and Intellectuals, as well as Writers and Poets, are also
members. Our network includes both men and women, old and young, locally educated and ed-
ucated-abroad. We are not a political party, and our only agenda is that of upholding the highest
religious, spiritual, moral, and human values, and the service of our beloved Libya. We are diverse
groups of different schools and outlooks, and we believe in the richness of plurality, and the wisdom
of dialogue and communication with all other faiths and cultures. Our network is only one dimen-
sion of Libya’s very rich and sophisticated Civil Society, which has always been there, but has had
to go clandestine for many years because of the regime’s repressive policies. In the New Libya,
all these seeds will sprout into a rich and vibrant culture, unified, and mutually respectful. For the
time being, security conditions do not allow us to publish a list of members. We will publish such
a list as soon as we can.




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