Snapshot of Media in Libya, December 2011.



No institute for training journalists
Most journalists did not graduate from the media faculties at the two major universities


The most influential
New channels founded by wealthy businessmen providing competition to revolutionary channels
Content primarily discussion shows
Daily news limited compared to 
Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya


Most towns have several stations
Foreign language stations appearing (previously banned)
Content limited, but becoming 
more varied


Popular with those under 30, but internet access is limited (estimates of six percent)
All major organizations use Facebook, mostly in Arabic
Facebook has played a role in spreading misinformation


Only two screens in the country


Initial excitement, dampened by commercial realities
Many Benghazi papers have closed
Tripoli has three or four clear frontrunners that appear likely to succeed
No national newspaper
None have licenses and may need them in future