Shocking story of arrest and torture of BBC journalists in Libya by Gaddafi forces

A Point of View, Libya, Middle East & North Africa, Politics | | March 9, 2011 at 16:04

The Guardian is reporting the story of two journalists working for the BBC who were arrested, beaten and even subjected to mock executiion by Gaddafi security forces.

The two reporters for the BBC Arabic service, Ferras Killani, a Palestinian refugee with a Syrian passport and Turkish citizen Goktay Koraltan, were arrested on Monday with Chris Cobb-Smith, a British citizen, at a checkpoint in Zahra, six miles from the besieged town of Zawiya thirty miles from Tripoli.

They were held in a cage with other prisoners tortured around them. Many of them had been arrested for only talking to foreign journalists. One of the prisoners was beaten with fists, boots, rifle butts, a stick and piece of rope.

“The two journalists were kicked and punched and beaten to the floor with rifle butts while being interrogated as suspected “British spies” despite having permission to work in Libya. Cobb-Smith was not assaulted.” Apparently it’s okay to beat Arabic-looking journalists, but not white ones.

The story broke after Killani and Koraltan had been released and left Libya.

Read the full story here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/09/bbc-staff-arrest-torture-libya?CMP=twt_gu

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