CAIRO – An international rights group says armed men linked to Libya's internationally recognized government have arrested two organizers of an annual media award.
Human Rights Watch said Monday that the Special Deterrence Force arrested Suleiman Qashout, chair of the Septimus Award's board, and Mohamed Yaacoubi, director of the award, in the capital, Tripoli, on April 29.
HRW says the reason for their arrest remains unknown.
The Septimus Award has been given annually since 2012 to Libyan media professionals, singers and actors.
Libya was plunged into chaos following the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed Moammar Gadhafi, and is now split between rival governments, each backed by an array of militias.