Gaddafi media co nationalised

2009-06-01 17:28

Tripoli - Libya said on Monday it plans to nationalise a media company set up by the son of its leader Muammar Gaddafi, effectively making the press a state-controlled monopoly again.

The government will take control of satellite channels, radio newspapers and a printing house run by Al-Ghad which was launched two years ago by Seif al-Islam, the cabinet said in a statement.

Seif al-Islam, seen by many as a reformer, has called on several occasions for press freedom and the media's independence from the state in the North African country.

In 2007, Al-Ghad launched two ground-breaking independent newspapers, which in their first few months broke a string of taboos by publishing criticism of senior officials, and a private satellite channel.