Libya to allow independent media (AFP, 1/27/06)

Libya said it is heading toward allowing private newspapers, radio and television news in what has been a state-controlled media environment for more than 30 years.

Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s son, Seif al-Islam, who also runs the Kadhafi Goodwill Foundation, was given the green light by his father to spearhead the plan though a new company.

“The first experimental program on one of the radio stations will take place in March,” said Abdel Salam al-Mushri, an official at the company, which is called “1/9” in reference to the September 1 date of the 1969 Libyan revolution.

“Preparations are underway to create a satellite television channel which will be launched in 2007,” he said.

The Colonel’s son seems to understand what’s necessary for reform as well as anyone in the Middle East.

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