Pro-Gaddafi Libyan TV presenter: I am still alive

Published February 19th, 2012 - 07:29 GMT
Hala Misrati
Hala Misrati

Some media reports over the weekend said Libyan journalist Hala Misrati died in prison. Hala was a presenter on pro-Gaddafi Libyan TV and became famous during the uprising following her theatrical brandishing of a pistol in the air, saying: "I will kill or die."

However, Hala appeared on Feb. 19, 2012 in a brief video, denying the reports, saying "she was surprised to hear the news.". She confirmed she was still in the hands of the Libyan rebels. "I'm still alive, and I am still among the rebels. I was not killed, was not treated badly," she said.  

Earlier, amid the death reports,  the family of Hala said it turns out it was just a rumor. "Hala Misrati is, nevertheless, in a dangerous situation and her death can happen at any time," they said.  It is noteworthy that the previous video showing Misrati dated 30 December 2011, in which she appeared in a silent, as if her tongue was cut off or she lost her verbal capability. Feb. 19 clip indicates that none of these assumption was correct. 

It should be mentioned that, Hala Misrati, who strongly defended Muammar Gaddafi, has been kidnapped by rebels in August 2011 after the fall of Tripoli. 

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