Sofiane Chourabi and Nadhir Ktari, two Tunisian journalists working for Tunisia’s First TV, disappeared in Libya on 7 September 2014. More than a year has gone by but no information has emerged about the reasons for their disappearance. In January 2015, they were reported to have been killed but, on 7 September 2015, Tunisia’s foreign minister said they were still alive. Their families are not, however, convinced.
Although the security situation in Libya complicates investigations, the relevant authorities have been very slow to respond. For example, it was only in January 2015, four months after the journalists disappeared, that a judicial investigation was opened in Tunisia. On 30 April 2015, Reporters Without Borders wrote to Bernardino León, the special representative of the UN secretary-general in Libya, requesting an independent investigation under UN Security Council Resolution 1738 of December 2006, the Geneva Conventions and their additional protocols.
At various news conferences and demonstrations in support of the families of the two journalists, Reporters Without Borders has also urged the Tunisian authorities and the protagonists of the transitional process in Libya to shed light on their disappearance.