Covering Libya: Journalism, Competition for Media Space & Societal Impact
Date and time: Wednesday, July 15, 2 pm British Summer Time (UTC+1)
- Ulf Laessing, bureau chief, Egypt and Sudan, Reuters; author, Understanding Libya Since Gaddafi
- Hassan Morajea, Mercy Corps
- Khadeja Ramali, independent analyst
Moderator: Tim Eaton, senior research fellow, Middle East and North Africa Program, Chatham House
Libya is a difficult story to cover for journalists. Libyan journalists operate in an increasingly polemic environment, where media outlets are often associated with one political faction or another, and where a narrative war has escalated since the launch of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s now failed offensive on Tripoli in April 2019. The social media space is a field of competition in the battle of narratives and has also been utilized as a tool by external powers. Foreign journalists face significant challenges in being able to access parts of the country due to ongoing conflict and must also contend with the difficulties of conveying the complexities of Libya’s fragmentation to international audiences.
This webinar, part of the Chatham House MENA Program online event series, will bring together journalists and analysts to explore how local and international coverage of Libya has evolved, how traditional media and social media have been utilized by rival factions and the impact of this on Libyan society.