DW Akademie supports the Libyan population's right to access independent information.
Since 2014, the political situation in Libya has been extremely tense. The country is being torn apart by various militia forces loyal to different tribes and regions. The tenuous security situation in the North African country hangs over all social and political life and has a direct impact of the media sector.
The Libyan people's right to freedom of expression and access to information is extremely limited. The Libyan state has not been able to create the requirements for a pluralistic media sector. National programs are mainly financed or broadcast from abroad and often have their own political agenda. Local media are a reflection of – and often a mouthpiece for – local political conditions. As a result, many Libyans now use social media as their main source of information. However, the fight to dominate and interpret information is taking place there, as well.
DW Akademie has been almost continuously active in Libya since 2011. Ahead of the first parliamentary elections in 2012, DW Akademie conducted a project in a number of regions, focusing on election reporting and political communication. The EU-financed project "Media in Libya – Stability through Structure" ran from 2013–2016. A new EU-sponsored three-year project, "Media in Libya – Stability through Reconciliation" got underway at the end of 2017.
The project's overriding goal is to strengthen the Libyan people's right to access independent information. Promoting a social dialogue and reconciliation process involves all social groups, with a special focus on minorities, women and youth. Advanced training is offered to journalists and media workers on topics including journalistic research, women in media professions, and mobile reporting. Consultations with public authorities strengthen the development of a legal framework.
Funding: European Union, German Federal Foreign Office (AA)
Locations: Tunisia and Libya
Local partners: Libyan Cloud News Agency
Main focus: Access to information, support of independent journalism, strengthening of public media, journalistic ethics, media law und media self-regulation, participation of disadvantaged groups, journalism in conflict areas