Mohammed Nabbous (1983-2011)

A Mo, a Mohammed Nabbous dovrebbe essere dedicata la prima scuola di libero giornalismo in Libia. A differenza di quanto dice questo articolo, non solo ha galvanizzato, ma con il suo coraggio ha informato il mondo, di quanto stesse davvero accadendo  a Benghazi, con lo scoppio della guerra, e nei momenti di maggior tensione, mentre passava fra corpi e macerie con la sua telecamera, implorava: “ma dov’è Al-Jazeera???” e la sua voce era rotta dall’ansia e dal pianto. Poco professionale? Forse. Ma è grazie a lui se si è insinuato il dubbio che buona parte del giornalismo dovrebbe andare sotto processo, perchè falsa, estrpola, calibra, mitizza, creando al meno focus che distraggono dal quadro, al più un quadro del tutto falso

Libyan citizen journalist killed

Cynthia Vukets /Staff Reporter March 19, 2011

A Libyan citizen journalist whose work helped galvanize public anger against Moammar Gadhafi was shot dead Saturday while collecting video for his online television network.

Mohammed Nabbous, founder of Libya Alhurra TV, died in Benghazi shortly after posting a report about violence in a residential area of the city.

In the last video he posted on his Livestream channel, Nabbous describes a day of bombing in an area of Benghazi called Hai al Dollar. The short video displays damage to homes and cars from what Nabbous describes as a bombing raid on innocent people.

“This is just not good anymore. He has to be stopped,” Nabbous, a handsome man with a buzz cut and short beard clad in a black t-shirt, says into the webcam. “Where is Al Jazeera? Where’s the media? They should be there right now taking videos of what’s happening. The bombing hasn’t stopped.”

Several hours after posting that report, Nabbous was killed while out trying to gather more video for the site.

The next video posted on Alhurra was a heart-wrenching message from his pregnant widow.

“I want to let all of you know that Mohammed has passed away for this cause. He died for this cause and let’s hope that Libya will become free,” she says, her voice frequently breaking. “Please pray for him. And let’s not stop doing what we are doing until this is over. What he started has got to go on. No matter what happens.”

His viewers are now calling for a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. A Facebook page created Saturday had hundreds of messages of thanks and solidarity. Many postings described Nabbous as a martyr.

“Inshallah ya Mo your dream will come thru and your son will be born in Free Libya,” wrote Wafaa Yaacoub.

“May God keep your soul, Mo. You have done so much for your people. You will stay forever in our memories,” Bouchra Bensaber wrote in French.

Fans and journalists expressed shock and grief via Twitter.

“We all laud the courage and professionalism of Mohammed Nabbous, the voice of Libya,” posted Radio-Canada’s Jean-Francois Belanger.

“Mohammed Nabbous was one of the courageous voices from Benghazi broadcasting to the world from the beginning. Smart, selfless, brave,” posted CNN’s Ben Wederman.

Nabbous started Libya Alhurra TV via a satellite connection to avoid blockades internet from government. He had nine cameras streaming 24 hours a day since the channel’s creation Feb. 17. He was 28.

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