Meftah Bouzid (right), editor of the weekly newspaper Burniq, was shot dead on May 26, 2014 in Benghazi, an Islamist stronghold, medics said
An outspoken Libyan newspaper editor has been shot dead in the eastern city of Benghazi.
Witnesses said that a gunman repeatedly shot Muftah Buzeid at close range through his car window after his vehicle was blocked by another car.
Mr Buzeid, 49, was a prominent local journalist and editor of an independent newspaper. He had become an outspoken critic of Islamist terrorists, who have been blamed for a year of killings in which more than 200 members of the military as well as security aides have lost their lives. He had apparently been on his way to deliver copies of his newspaper when he was killed.
On Sunday night, the evening before he was shot, Mr Buzeid appeared on the Libya al-Ahrar TV channel to discuss the security crisis in the city.
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A fellow journalist in Benghazi described Mr Buzeid as “a brave man who loved Libya and carried on his work despite receiving threats and being advised to leave the country”.
Several weeks ago Mr Buzeid had argued on a different television channel with some leading Islamist figures, including Sufian bin Qumu, a former Guantánamo Bay inmate described as the head of Ansar al-Sharia in Derna.
“Libya is facing the worst crisis since the civil war took place,” said Bernardino Leon, the EU special envoy to Libya, on Sunday. “Terrorist groups, particularly in the east, are a very serious threat to this country.”
Reporters Without Borders condemned the killing. A spokesman said: “We urge the Libyan authorities to do everything in their power to quickly end the cycle of violence prevailing in Libya and to ensure that journalists are able to practice their profession without being threatened, arrested, injured or laying down their lives.”
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