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Libya media frontline wrestling

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As fierce as the fighting between the Libyan government and opposition, is the wrestling between media of the two sides. With pen and cameras as their weapons, the younger generation of media forces are joining the battle.

Neither side dares to be light-hearted on the media front.

For Benghazi residents, it's now natural for them to get up everyday and turn on the TV for a channel named "Free Libya".

A local resident said, "We're so happy because we managed to open that channel to show what we're doing."

Benghazi did not stop there. More youngsters between 18 and thirty have enrolled for talk shows and political analysis programs. Radio stations, newspapers and magazines are also following suit. Benghazi has newly licensed more than 60 media operators since the crisis started. But behind the explosive development, there is pressure financially.

Ibraheem Sheebane, Director of The Libyans Magazine, said, "All the editors, all the graphic designers, all the photographers for the magazine, everybody is volunteering for the sake of the magazine."

And Tripoli is not willing to fall behind. In its Green square,a famous tourist site, the big screen is broadcasting the just officially opened National English Channel.

Local resident said, "They are all saying how chaotic it is in Tripoli, It's not true but false messages."

This man has just come back from the battle field in Misrata, he says he never looks at western mainstream reports, and hopes the world can see the other side of the story through the English channel.

Libyan National Television was hit by NATO airstrikes on June 6th.The government says it killed two while wounding 16.


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