AFP photographer arrested by Benghazi authorities for second time

AFP’s photographer in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, Abdullah Doma, was detained late Saturday for the second time in several days by security services there, his family said.

Doma was released Wednesday night after being held for 24 hours over his coverage of a public concert to mark Earth Hour.

Security services had raided Doma’s home Tuesday night and told the family he was to be questioned over his photographic coverage for AFP of the concert at Benghazi university on March 25.

The Awqaf religious authorities, linked to the authorities in the east, had condemned the Earth Hour event in Benghazi as “offensive” to Islam as it went against the segregation of the sexes.

Late Saturday, Benghazi’s counter-terrorism unit called the photographer, asking him to go to their headquarters “to answer a few questions”, his family said.

Relatives who accompanied him there were told by “policemen” to go back home as he was “now in detention”.

The family was not given any explanation, but one relative believed Doma had been detained once again for covering the concert.

AFP management expressed its concern after Doma was detained again.

It called on the Benghazi authorities to free the photographer as soon as possible and urged that no charges be pressed against him.

Benghazi is controlled by the military authorities of Khalifa Haftar, which contest the legitimacy of Libya’s UN-backed Government of National Accord which is based in the capital Tripoli.

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