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Six Minutes to Freedom
Libya Engages in Jamming War
December 4, 2005

Article originally posted at: http://www.menewsline.com/stories/2005/december/12_05_4.html

LONDON [MENL] -- Libya has waged a jamming war against the West in a successful effort to stop an opposition radio station.

So far, British and U.S. officials said, Libya has succeeded in disrupting U.S. military communications in the Mediterranean Sea. The jamming also blocked dozens of television and radio stations in Europe.

Officials said the confrontation began in September when a British-based opposition radio station began to broadcast to Libya. The station, Voice of Libya, was meant to be a commercial enterprise that reported human rights violations by the regime of Col. Moammar Khaddafy.

Within minutes of its launch, the radio station as well as other broadcast networks were jammed. Officials said the jamming ended when the Voice of Libya went off the air.
(Middle East Newsline Dec 04)
Sowt Alamel (Voice of Hope)
Sowt Alamel (Voice of Hope) originally began as Sowt Libya (Voice of Libya). It was launched shortly after a June 2005 conference of seven Libyan opposition groups in London. Programming initially launched on satellite in September 2005 but was jammed off the air by the Libyan regime. Returned to the airwaves in January 2006 on short wave and also suffered from intense jamming.
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