Sources: Libya limiting talk about unrest

Nov. 14, 2008 at 1:01 PM
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TRIPOLI, Libya, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The Libyan government has begun taking steps to limit communication about the growing unrest in the country, opposition sources allege.

The unidentified sources say that various media outlets and certain portions of the country have been prevented by authorities from reporting about the violent unrest gripping parts of Libya, the Med Basin News Line said Friday.

"There is heightened vigilance to stop any sort of public dissent," one source alleged.

Among the alleged government attempts to control unrest reports was the dismissal of several workers at a radio program following an anonymous phone call that criticized Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and his son Saif al-Islam.

"Where were the Libyan youths when people were being hanged in the '80s?" the caller told the radio station. "Who is this Saif al-Islam Gadhafi so that we organize demonstrations in his name?"

The opposition sources told News Line that after the female caller contacted the program the radio station was raided by government troops.

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