The Ascent of Libyan Civil Society Ghazi Gheblawi

2011 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 10, 2011

Libyan blogger Ghazi Gheblawi describes the colossal shift that is taking place in Libya today as the revolution continues. Before protests against Gaddafi began, the country had no civil society and no real constitution or rule of law to provide a stable framework for the government. Now, there are at least 26 uncensored publications in eastern Libya—and this is just one example of the gush of creativity that has catalyzed the uprisings and protests. Gheblawi hopes that the efforts of all who are struggling to advance the rebel cause will not be in vain, that they will contribute "to a better future for Libya that is free, democratic, and just."