Sources in Tripoli have confirmed the kidnapping of the head of the Libyan Media Foundation, Mohamed Baiyou, after a published recording of a phone call with the commander of the "Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade," Ayoub Aburas.
The "Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade" page also published a picture of Baiyou appearing in front of the organization's logo, indicating that he is being held at one of its headquarters.
On 10/9/2020, the head of Libya's Presidential Council, Fayez Al-Sarraj, issued a decision appointing journalist Mohamed Baiyou as head of the Libyan Media Institute, a decision that sparked controversy from some media professionals, activists and those who describe themselves as "February revolutionaries." The critics included Presidential Council member Mohammed Ammari Zayed, who considered the decision "illegal" and demanded that it be reversed.
On Tuesday, Ammari Zayed, announced that the necessary judicial measures would be taken to challenge the decision. In turn, the commander of the Sirte-Jufra Operations Room, Brigadier Ibrahim Beitalmal, called on the Presidential Council to withdraw the decision, describing Baiyou as "close to the war criminal Haftar."
Sources tell Alwasat that armed members of the "Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade" are currently stationed in front of the Libyan Radio and Television building, on Al-Shat Street in Tripoli, where Mohamed Baiyou's office is located.