Providing trusted information and a forum for dialogue in Libya

Since the end of 2011, just months after the fall of the Gaddafi regime, BBC Media Action has been working in Libya to develop programming that will improve Libyans' access to information, and encourage debate and participation as the country grapples with its future.

Behind the scenes on TV debate show, Hiwar Mushtarak (Shared Debate).

El Kul (For Everyone) trains Libyan media in journalism and production skills through hands-on training. Its multi-platform output bridges the divide between the different political camps in Libya to provide an impartial and trustworthy voice for all Libyans. The El Kul Facebook page, ranking in Libya’s top five most active, provides a space for voices and view points from all sections of society.

Our past work

As well as our current projects, we've worked with public service media on various activities, including training for journalists, coverage of the 2012 elections, a TV debate show Sa'at Hissaba series of popular short public service announcements on issues such as the country's new constitution, disarmament and sexual harassment, and Saloan Al Libyeen a TV, radio and online initiative to inform Libyans on their constitution and its drafting committee.

Our debate programme, Hiwar Mushtarak (Shared Debate), aimed to create trusted public dialogue, build knowledge of key current affairs issues and hold those with power to account. The programme has built a strong following online through Facebook and YouTube, and was also provided to all Libya’s TV stations for broadcast.

Our Libya office is currently based at our North Africa hub in Tunisia. 

Project information

Project name News and views for all
Funder The UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Dutch Embassy, Danish Refugee Council
Dates 2012-2022
Themes Governance


Project name Hiwar Mushtaraq (Shared Debate)

The US Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) 

(with further funding for additional episodes by the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office until March 2015)

Dates 2013-2017
Themes Governance