Last Tuesday, Libyans received the shocking news of the killing of the well-known journalist and activist Hanan al-Barassi in Bengazi. Al-Barassi, who has been a vocal defender of freedoms and women's rights, was reportedly fatally shot multiple times as she was driving her car down on the main streets of the city.
A day after she revealed the corruption of Saddam Haftar, son of Khalifa Haftar, on her Facebook account, gunmen killed Libyan lawyer and activist Hanan al-Barasi in broad daylight in Benghazi. pic.twitter.com/afSBDMsmQh— Freedom or death (@Biden171979) November 11, 2020
Responding to the news of Al-Barassi's death, many Libyan commentators expressed their concern that the death of the prominent journalist might be the beginning of a new wave of political assassinations that might target critics and defenders of freedoms in the new Libya.
47-year-old Al-Barassi was known for her live videos using social media networks, in which she addressed the public directly over current events and issues that matter to regular Libyans.
Her last post said: I will reveal Saddam Haftar, and this was the response👇— Joury 🌺 (@_Dr_joury) November 10, 2020
The assassination of the lawyer (Hanan Al-Barasi) in Benghazi#Killing_women@hrw @MohamedHnid #حنان_البرعصي pic.twitter.com/nFQxhvrGMo
Amnesty International: Hanan Al-Barasi was assassinated having threatened to expose Haftar's son https://t.co/oMSm9Kr0Y0— The Libya Observer (@Lyobserver) November 11, 2020
According to several sources, Al-Barassi's death came a few days after she pledged to "uncovering details related to leadership corruption," concerning Saddam Haftar, the son of Khalifa Haftar, the Libyan-American warlord and the commander of the Libyan National Army that controls the east of Libya including Benghazi.
On the 9th of November, Al-Barassi used her Facebook account to announce her intention to reveal new details of "properties and bank accounts" related to Saddam Haftar, saying that she will compare it with what his family had owned before the February 2011 revolution that ousted the former Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi.
@GenevaCouncil condemns the assassination of #Libya-n lawyer and rights activist Hanan al-Barasi, known as “Azzouz Barqa”, by unknown gunmen, Tuesday, in #Benghazi, and calls for an investigation into this heinous crime and the punishment of the perpetrators. pic.twitter.com/sS0tXqthRN— Geneva Council For Rights and Liberties (@GenevaCouncil) November 11, 2020
Trigger warning:— Inas Miloud (ⵉⵏⴰⵙ) (@inas_miloud) November 10, 2020
heart-breaking news on the killing of Hanan Albour’si in #Banghazi. She was a furious lawyer and advocate against corruption and war.
We need JUSTICE to her killing, and immediate protection for her family @fathi_bashagha https://t.co/xSrVyYE3j2
Prior to her death, she was also used to post screenshots of threats and attacks she used to receive from supporters of politicians in the country, as she reported on them.
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