BENGHAZI, Libya,Â Aug 13, 2013Â (AFP)
A journalist at a private LibyanÂ television channel narrowly survived an assassination attempt in the restiveÂ eastern city of BenghaziÂ on Monday, a colleague working for the Libya al-AhrarÂ TV network told AFP.
“Khadija al-Ammami, director of Libya al-Ahrar’s Benghazi office, was shotÂ at several times when she was in her car on the way to her office,” journalistÂ Rajeb Mohamed Ibliblou said.
Ammami “miraculously” survived the hail of bullets fired by unidentifiedÂ gunmen, he added.
She later received telephone threats that she would be killed next time.
Ammami had received three previous death threats, said Ibliblou.
Libya al-Ahrar TV was created during the revolt that toppled the country’sÂ longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi. The channel is based in Doha, Qatar.
The attack came three days after a Libyan doctor who hosted a televisionÂ programme on human development was shot dead by unknown gunmen also inÂ Benghazi, Libya’s second city.
Azzedine Koussos, a presenter for Libya Al-Hurra television, was hit byÂ several rounds as he sat in his parked car near a blood bank in Benghazi’sÂ Sidi Hussein district after weekly Muslim prayers.
Koussos had worked for Radio al-Manara FM before joining Al-Hurra, theÂ country’s leading private TV channel, also created after the 2011 revolution.
His programme had no political connotations, journalists in Benghazi said.
Libyan media and journalists have been the targets in recent months ofÂ attacks and kidnappings by militias.
In May, international media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RFS) calledÂ on the authorities to rein in allied militia it said were responsible forÂ detaining journalists.
Since the 2011 uprising, the central government has struggled to tame theÂ former rebel groups that toppled Kadhafi.
A journalist with an international news agency was arrested by members of aÂ militia in broad daylight in Benghazi onÂ May 20, RFS said.
A photographer was detained for several hours onÂ May 28Â by militiamenÂ nominally under the command of the defence ministry, it added.
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