Daif Abdul-kareem Al-Ghazal

Daif Abdul-Kareem Al-Ghazal

Daif Abdul-kareem Al-Ghazal

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Daif Abdul-kareem Al-Ghazal (1976-2005) was a prominent Libyan journalist and writer who was murdered in Libya in May 2005.

Early life

Daif Al-Ghazal was born in Benghazi in 1976. His father is a descendant of the Al-Shahibat tribe, a prominent Eastern Libyan tribe, and his mother is from the Al-Hawara tribe which is equally well known. He studied at Garyounis University, where he received a History degree from the Literature department.

In the 1980s Daif Al-Ghazal joined the pro-government Movement of Revolutionary Committees (MRC). The MRC was set up by the regime to propagate the ideologies of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi, as expressed in the Green Book. In the early 1990s Al-Ghazal joined the new Benghazi Mathaba. He advanced within the MRC hierarchy, and was appointed to the coveted post of Media and Culture Coordinator. He continued working as a journalist and was named chief editor of the Benghazis office of Al-Zahf Al-Akhdar ("The Green March" in Arabic).

Opposition to the Libyan Government

Differences between Al-Ghazal and the MRC began appearing in 2003. These differences were clearly articulated in his columns published in the newspaper, Al-Zahf Al-Akhdar. In 2004, he delivered a lecture on government corruption at the Green Book Research Center. His criticisms lead the Libyan government to...
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