On International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, UNSMIL called on Libyan authorities to fully investigate and prosecute crimes against journalists and media workers.

UNSMIL added in a statement that journalists must be protected as critical guardians of freedom of expression, honoring the brave journalists in Libya who have been subjected to hate speech, beaten, arrested, kidnapped, disappeared, or killed for their work ensuring people’s right to access information.

"In 2021 and 2022, at least three journalists in Libya were kidnapped and disappeared between 36 days and 10 months. Three others, including one woman, were assaulted by armed men while conducting interviews in public. None of the perpetrators have been brought to justice." UNSMIL said.