Coverage of the "dissolution" of the Tripoli-based GNC government
As the UN-brokered Government of National Accord, led by PM-designate Faiez Serraj, begins to establish more power in Tripoli and western Libya, the mainstream western media are beginning to take some notice of events in Libya.
|This article will analyze CNN's recent coverage of the reported dissolution of the Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC), a rival to the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) in the east of Libya. CNN repeats an account also found in the Libya Observer. Both accounts note that the statement came from Libya's Justice Ministry. The Observer adds that it was on the Ministry's Facebook page. Neither report bothers to note that a report that the Tripoli or Salvation Government as it calls itself is dissolved should surely come from the official government itself, not a ministry. The CNN report reads as follows:|
The self-declared, Islamist-leaning National Salvation Government, headquartered in the capital, Tripoli, said in a statement it was ceasing its work in the "supreme interest of the nation," in a move to prevent further violence and division and remove the capital "from the specter of armed conflict." "We inform you that we are stopping our work as an executive power, as the presidency, members of parliament and ministers of the government," read the statement published by Libya's Justice Ministry on Monday.