Libya: The BBC’s Beaten Journalist MAY Help Us Understand Gaddafi’s Regime
THE BBC’s Arabic service reporter, Palestinian Feras Killani, it’s Turkish cameraman Goktay Koraltan and a Briton called Chris Cobb-Smith were arrested Colonel Muammar Gaddafi goons 30 miles from Tripoli. Koraltan and Killani claim they were beaten and tortured.
The Guardian reports:
At one point during their captivity the men had shots fired past their heads as they were led into a barracks…
One of the men was attacked repeatedly with fists, boots, rifle butts, a stick and piece of pipe. He also described trying to help other victims of torture whom they saw, some of whom had had their ribs broken during beatings.
What can we deduce from this?
The ordeal represents the most serious incident yet involving the targeting of the international media and may offer an insight into the fate of many of those opposition supporters who have been rounded during the regime’s crackdown on its opponents.