DW Akademie promotes the production of independent news from all regions of Libya.
Since 2014, the political situation in Libya has been extremely tense. The country is being torn apart by various militia forces that are loyal to different tribes, ethnicities and regions.
Tensions heightened in Tripoli in the summer of 2014 when the international airport was completely destroyed and the newly elected House of Representatives (HoR) was forced to flee to the country's easternmost city, Tobruk. Since then, the conflicts between the militias, once confined to the Tripoli area, have spread throughout the country.
The precarious security situation affects social and political life and has direct effects on the media sector. State media companies are raided by militias and, following a government order, subsequently prevented from broadcasting, with satellite access switched off. Private media outlets that publish critical reports are raided and looted. This situation has drastically restricted the right to access information and freedom of expression for the Libyan population, especially since nationwide reporting has not taken place since summer 2014. There are currently no nationwide programs providing coverage or political analyses on parliament and the government.
In the Libyan regions, access to information is also not guaranteed for the local population. Although regional broadcasters do provide local information, they nevertheless reflect the political views of the tribe in control of their particular region, and at times, merely serve as mouthpieces for regional leaders. There are almost no reliable sources of news in Libya; the population lacks adequate access to information and the government is incapable of creating the conditions necessary to provide its citizens with a pluralistic media landscape.
DW Akademie has been constantly active in Libya since September 2011. On the occasion of the country’s first parliamentary elections in 2012, DW Akademie ran a project on election reporting and political communications in various parts of Libya. Between 2013 and 2016, the EU project "Media in Libya – Stability through structure" was carried out.
In early 2018, a new three-year project, "Media in Libya - Stability through Reconciliation", financed by the EU began. The overall objective is to promote the Libyan people's right to access information. In order to foster reconciliation and constructive dialogue in Libya, all social groups must be involved. Special emphasis is placed on ethnic minorities, women and young people. Furthermore, training measures for journalists, in particular for local media, will take place. DW Akademie will also advise authorities and ministries on media regulation and self-regulation in order to strengthen the development of a legal framework for the Libyan media system. The aim is to promote a strong cooperation between regional media and local government structures.
Funding: EU Commission, German Federal Foreign Office (AA)
Country coordinator: N.N.
Locations: Prior to 2014: Tripoli, Gharyan, Nalut, Yifren, Zuwara, Zawiya, Misrata, Sebha, Murzuk, Bengasi, Bayda. Since 2014: Tunis and Istanbul
Local partners: Libyan Cloud News Agency, Libyan Blogger Network
Main focus: Media law, strengthening public media, media self-regulation and journalistic ethics, participation of disadvantaged population groups, conflict and media/ conflict-sensitive reporting, professionalism and networks in journalism