Our friends in Libya
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‘Free’ elections in Libya have taken place for the first time in around fifty years, and coverage has been generally positive. The Financial Times called the elections ‘historic’, as did the Guardian. The BBC and the Daily Mail also gave it glowing coverage. All did allude to troublesome violence by ‘former rebels’ in eastern and southern Libya, namely in Benghazi, as well as the takeover of oil installations in Ras Lanuf and Brega. During the uprising, the BBC, Sky, ITV and Al Jazeera made sure that the rebels fighting Gaddafi were seen as squeaky clean good guys whilst Gaddafi security forces were represented as pure evil whilst being given Viagra in order to commit mass rape (an allegation not founded on any evidence). This established narrative was challenged this week by a report from Amnesty International which highlighted the numerous human rights violations committed by the noble rebels since Gaddafi’s fall.
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