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Alastair Sloan


Libya’s Revolution 'Will Not Stop Until We Have Freedom'

[Image of Jamal al-Hajji, who was convicted of defamation on 31 December 2013. Image courtesy of Amnesty International via Index on Censorship.]

After forty-two years of political oppression in Libya, it was hoped that the apparatus of Gaddafi’s regime would be dismantled after he was swept from power. Vestiges of the despot’s suffocating grip on free speech still remain, and are still being used to suppress political expression. Jamal al-Hajji, a writer and commentator from Tripoli, faces jail and a large fine after comments he made in a television interview in February 2013 sparked a defamation case by government ...

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Alastair Sloan


Alastair Sloan is a freelance journalist, commentator and social entrepreneur. His work appears in the Guardian, Huffington Post, Evening Standard and openDemocracy.