Libya Al Ahrar
: ليبيا الأحرار
) is a Libyan
TV channel broadcast by satellite from its headquarters in Doha
The channel was created in 2011 during the Libyan Civil War
It presents news, opinions, analysis, photo and video reports about Libya in specific and the region in a wider scope. It focuses on Libya’s revolution and future toward building a democratic state.
Libya TV was founded by Libyans led by Mahmmud Shammam and Mohamad A. Al Akari. With the full support by the Libyan PM, Dr. Mahmmud Jebrel, who helped to bring the full support from the Qatari government. Mohamad A. Al Akari was the first General Manager, Serage Beshti was the Head of Administration, and Huda Al Srari was Head of PR.
Currently it has around 50 employees working to provide exposure to Libyans different opinions. Huda Alsrari were named to be head of Doha operation later 2013 and held this position till mid of 2014 before she had to resign with Mahmoud Shamam.
The headquarters is in Doha
, and additional studios are located in Benghazi
Libya TV claims to have correspondents "throughout Libya." Along with Arabic, the channel also broadcasts a show in the Tamazight language
and will contain English programming in the future.
Libya TV is mostly funded by Libyan expatriate businessmen. Qatar
provides "facilities and technical staff" through Alrayyan TV
Libya TV's plan for April 2011 was to broadcast four hours of original programs, including a news segment and a talk show, daily.
Libya TV now broadcasts 12 hours per day both in Arabic and the Amazight language.
In the weeks prior to the battle of Tripoli, Libya TV aired recorded phone calls between key figures in the Gaddafi regime in which they discussed moving bodies of the deceased to places where NATO had previously targeted during airstrikes.
On 21 August 2011, amidst the Battle of Tripoli, then- Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril gave a speech on Libya TV urging revolutionary fighters against looting, revenge killings, abusing foreign nationals and mistreating prisoners of war. He also called for unity and asked that police and army units in Tripoli disavow Gaddafi but remain at their posts. On 20 October 2011, Libya TV was the first news channel to report the capture and subsequent death of Muammar Gaddafi."
- ^ LyngSat: Libya TV (Libya Al Ahrar TV)Archived 13 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine
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- ^ "Translated: new Libya Satellite channel in Qatar confirms Eman Al Obeidy is released from custody via telephone interview". Libya TV. 3 April 2011. Archived from the original on 3 April 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2011.
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