By Sami Zaptia
Tripoli, 26 May:
Last week, Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) issued a series of laws organising Libya’s media sector, including . . .[restrict]Law No. (44) 2012 for the creation of the Supreme Media Authority.
The Supreme Media Authority will fall under the authority of the NTC or its replacement. It will be tasked with organising Libya’s media sector ensuring its ‘freedom and independence’ including the ‘protection of national unity and social peace’. Mr Al-Hadi Al-Bakoosh was appointed as its head.
As a follow up to this law, the NTC passed Law No. (43) 2012 for the creation of the National Press Organisation and Law No. (37) 2012 for the creation of the Broadcasting and Television Organisation.
It is hoped that these new organisations will reorganise the post Revolution Libyan public and private media sectors.
It is worth noting that members of the media held demonstrations last week in front of the NTC headquarters objecting to the fact that they were not adequately consulted on the drafting of the laws and on the choice of members and heads of the boards for the various media organising bodies. [/restrict]