Libya Media Transition: Heading to the Un-known

Under Gaddafi, the media was used solely to secure his own power. Content was highly politicised in favour of the regime and any criticism of Gaddafi would result in imprisonment or worse. The revolution saw an explosion of new private media while the old state media apparatus is struggling to cope with the transitional phase. The lack of any law or emerging policy to organise this field also means it is ripe for libel, slanderous statements and unfounded accusations.