June 2, 2005, in outside Benghazi, Libya
Justice Minister Ali Hasnaoui said al-Ghazal was shot in the head and the death was being investigated as a murder.
Al-Ghazal, who worked for government media for several years and was a member of the governing Revolutionary Committees, had recently been critical of government officials and the official media in articles for the London-based Web sites. Al-Ghazal wrote an open letter in February, announcing his intention never to write for official media again and saying he was "protesting the attacks...journalists have faced while trying to reveal the truth." Al-Ghazal publicly criticized Libyan officials in his other articles on Libya Alyoum and Libya Jeel, accusing them of corruption and "stealing the public's money."
A source close to al-Ghazal told CPJ that the journalist was briefly detained and questioned by Libyan security agents in April.
Job: Internet Reporter
Beats Covered: Corruption, Politics
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Murder
Suspected Source of Fire: Government Officials
Taken Captive: Yes