Libya: Western journalists flood in as borders open | Iron Mill News Service

Channel 4 News international editor Lindsey Hilsum has been sent to Egypt’s border with Libya. Photograph: Channel 4Journalists from newspapers and broadcasters across the world, including ITV News and the New York Times, are descending on the Libyan border as anti-government protests intensify against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

A blanket ban on foreign journalists entering Libya has meant that facts are increasingly hard to verify.

The BBC is one of the only international news organisations with a correspondent in Libya’s capital, Tripoli, where government and state television buildings came under attack on Monday.

Many western news organisations – including the Associated Press, the Daily Telegraph, and the Guardian – have been restricted to reporting from neighbouring countries, usually Egypt.

However, the world’s media was today preparing for the “floodgates to open” on Egypt’s western border as the uprising threatens to engulf Gaddafi’s 41-year rule in Libya.

Ashraf Khali, a Cairo-based freelance correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and the Times, said on Twitter: “International media in Cairo is heading en masse to the Egypt Libya border and just waiting for the floodgates to open.”

via Libya: Western journalists flood in as borders open | Iron Mill News Service.

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