The Libyan Center for Freedom of Press (LCFP) has condemned the rise of systematic calls for violence and threats of killing that are being voiced by the TV presenter, Mohammed Emtalel, who works for Libya News Channel, which is a mouthpiece for the Khalifa Haftar-led Dignity Operation.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the LCFP urged Libya News Channel to stop the program presented by Emtalel as it is filled with incitation for killing, threats of kidnap and accusations of treason for journalists and human rights activists in Libya.
The last of such violence advocation when he fanned the flames of violence against seven journalists from Derna working in different news agencies and TV channels, accusing them of being members of terror groups.
“We hold the channel’s administration and owners responsible for the safety of the journalists, whose names were mentioned by the presenter, and we condemn its systematic advocating of violence and threats live on TV.” The statement reads.
The LCFP also shouldered the responsibility of the safety of the journalists and law activists to the Tobruk-based House of Representatives’ military forces, calling on all official authorities to display good intentions not bad ones; “because we warn of the recurrent accusations of treason and threats to kill against journalists and activist,” it added.
“The CEO of the center confirms that Emtalel is involved in igniting violence several times leading to the arrest and torture of a number of journalists and law activists as well as civilians who fell victims of his program on Watan Al-Karama TV in 2014 before it was shut by Egyptian authorities.” The statement continues.
The infamous journalist, Mohammed Emtalel, who is considered one of Dignity Operation and Khalifa Haftar’s mouthpieces, is accused of stirring up violence, kidnap, and killing. He had previously accused a number of journalist of sponsoring terrorist groups and opposing Dignity Operation, and then they were reported as missing and tortured.
The notorious journalist’s political analysis is sometimes noticed for his naive sarcastic conclusions, which have gone for the most time viral on social media, such as the time when he said that the distinguished characteristics of Muslim Brotherhood members include wearing jeans, medical glasses, watch football and support Argentina, Brazil and Manchester United teams.