LOUIS ABELMAN

Mohammed Nabbous 1983-2011

with 73 comments


Today we received the news that Mohammed Nabbous, a citizen media activist and one of the great figures of the February 17th youth revolutionary movement, was killed by a Qadaffi sniper while covering the first hours of fighting in Benghazi. His death represents a terrible loss for the movement and for the future of Libya.

We met Nabbous briefly, soon after arriving in Benghazi. As a leader and a member of the Transitional National Council, he gathered a progressive group of activists around him and organized the institution known as the February 17th Revolution Youth Media Center. In that grimy warren of hallways and former interrogation cells, reclaimed from the regime and plastered floor to ceiling with graffiti slogans and cartoons, his name was intoned gravely, even reverently.

In the early days of the rebellion, when regime reprisals were still a possibility for dissenters and fear was widespread, Nabbous single-handedly built a megaphone to the outside world— part television studio, internet relay, and command and control center, streaming images from Benghazi’s Tahrir Square 24 hours a day.

His bravery inspired others to work to give the revolution a voice, and they turned to him constantly for direction; his cell phone rang perpetually. One look could tell you he got very little sleep, if any, in the constant manic flurry of activity required to carry the revolution’s message forward. Despite this he found the time to address our needs, and thank us with deep sincerity for coming to Libya.

He cut a striking figure, tall and suave with a British accent acquired at Oxford, where he studied engineering, and spoke with quickfire brilliance. His was a singular dedication to the revolution and a better future for his country, for which he gave his life, and we mourn him.

Written by louis

March 20th, 2011 at 12:52 am

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  1. a camera is as powerful as a dictator.
    Mohammed is a hero. I can’t imagine any other cause most noble than giving your life for your people.

    Fernando1958

    20 Mar 11 at 01:13

  2. you were a hero we will never forget you. rest in peace, may Allah rest your soul ,,,الله يرحمك و يجعل الجنة مكانك و الله يا ولد بلادي دمك مش حي روح هباء

    bent Libya

    20 Mar 11 at 01:17

  3. Such a cowardly act from such cowardly people, RIP Mo.

    Ly Cyber Command

    20 Mar 11 at 01:18

  4. ‘Nuff said. Thanks Louis. RIP Mo.

    Perry Lowell

    20 Mar 11 at 01:20

  5. May your soul walk the path or rightousness and your spirit walk with your people

    Margaret

    20 Mar 11 at 01:22

  6. I first heard Mo’s report/appeal on youtube a few weeks ago and have followed him since. He was a good and freedom loving person from his reports (watched him reporting the fiery diesel fueltank last night). I am so sorry for his loss to his wife Perdita and unborn child also his loss to free libya. Alla/God be with you Mo. +martyrs+

    Joe

    20 Mar 11 at 01:28

  7. RIP Mo. Your actions and words let the world know what was happening. You played a critical role in pushing the world to intervene. A man who truly deserves the tag “journalist”.
    Allahu Akbar.

    John Le Fevre

    20 Mar 11 at 01:31

  8. I don’t know what to say. It make me so sad.

    Hermann

    20 Mar 11 at 01:33

  9. My dear br.Mohamed we will never forget you, your soul with us forever

    Wald Benghazi

    20 Mar 11 at 01:33

  10. If Libya is to be free someday soon, they can thank this man. A true hero with nothing but a camera and a heart of gold.

    Raul

    20 Mar 11 at 01:34

  11. YOU ARE OUR HERO .. WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU MY DEAR FRIEND

    ان شاءااله ربي يعلى نزلك و يجعلك من الشهداء الابرار .. ان لله و ان اليه راجعون

    You were a great person and a great friend, I will miss you sooooo much <3

    Hazeleyez

    20 Mar 11 at 01:34

  12. Was watching his channel last night. We mourn with you.

    LOrion

    20 Mar 11 at 01:36

  13. R.I.P.

    jossimolosi

    20 Mar 11 at 01:37

  14. I’ve been warching Mo on the live stream around early Feb. He has been a big contributor for informing the rest of the world as well as Libyans (by passing government censorships) about the atrocities being carried out by Ghadafi and his thugs.

    He died a hero and a martyr for his country and people. My deepest condolences to his wife and family.

    Gadaffi made a big mistake, because now even more Libyans will be out there fighting after one of their favorite popular figures was murdered by a sniper.

    Moogle Stiltzkin

    20 Mar 11 at 01:40

  15. Shaheed Inshallah. Everyone will miss you very much.

    Ommo

    20 Mar 11 at 01:40

  16. mo. you were the voice for ur country. you will never be forgotten. hope ur lol from heaven 2night. u died a couple of hrs too early to witness the no-fly zone.
    may u rest in pax.

    alicia

    20 Mar 11 at 01:40

  17. Mo, your heroic reporting of the revolution to the world will not be forgotten. I too watched and prayed for your safety. Your work has inspired thousands and may it continue to do so. May God bless you and your family and may all Libyans soon live in a free land.

    James Manniello

    20 Mar 11 at 01:58

  18. This saddens me and inspires me.

    y0ssarian42

    20 Mar 11 at 02:02

  19. REST IN PEACE BRAVE MOHAMMEND NABBOUS I always look forward to your Programm on the Internet and Iam so sad that you are not with us anymore to see LIBYA getting freed

    Waldpferd

    20 Mar 11 at 02:04

  20. We all miss you very deeply Mo. Rest in Peace Brother.

    Macus

    20 Mar 11 at 02:07

  21. MO was one of those people who -if they live-become big forces for the good of their people, and if they die, become icons, revered and remembered.

    He was a shiny star who shed light into the dark ugliness that the murderer Gaddafi represents, for all the world to see.

    Gaddafi thought he could silence his voice of truth with a bullet to his head. He failed. Others are continuing what he started, with even more determination to keep exposing Gaddafi’s lies and atrocities to the world.

    MO’s spirit lives, the heroism of an unarmed simple guy who was murdered at age 28 by Gaddafi.

    Athens Greece

    20 Mar 11 at 02:07

  22. NOT Mo…
    I’ve been following his broadcasts with admiration. When my family and I heard of this tragic event, we cried for him and we never knew him.

    You have not died in vain, brother. Libya will be free.

    In Mourning

    20 Mar 11 at 02:10

  23. My human friend and brother,who gave hope to thousands…Your voice was heard loud and clear,you who inspired me to sit and re-tweet thousands of messages to the world in your darkest hour..Now your call has been answered..Soon your country will be free of the evil tyrant who has caused so much suffering to your people..

    R.I.P Your memory like others will live forever in the hearts and minds of many.

    centurion4you

    20 Mar 11 at 02:11

  24. I only recently found Mo’s live stream. Watched him yesterday at a flaming oil well. Then later he showed the damage in a civilian neighborhood in Benghazi. I’m sad that I will not see more of his heroic videos. Deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

    MizFurball in Oregon

    20 Mar 11 at 02:21

  25. Rest in peace brave brother. You will be remembered, and you are the light in our dark way to freedom.

    Laila Marak

    20 Mar 11 at 02:23

  26. RIP Mo, LIP Libya ! You’re contributions to a peaceful world will be honoured by human history !

    Mic Rasmussen Meyer

    20 Mar 11 at 02:27

  27. شهيد انشأ الله.
    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم ” ولا تحسين الذين قتلو في سبيل الله أمواتا بل أحياء عند ربهم يرزقون” صدق الله العظيم

    الف من يتمنى الشهادة في سبيل الله و وطنه
    كلنا فخورون بك يا محمد و اهلك اولهم
    الى جنة الخولد

    Sara M

    20 Mar 11 at 02:29

  28. Another Qadaff’s victim. Mohammed, or MO, as his friends called him. A great man and courageous citizen media activist. He died today, after I watched him live, and alive, showing to the world what a sick dictator is making against his own people. This guy is an example. I’m sincerely very very sad about his death. MO, thank you.

    Fermamdp de Araújo

    20 Mar 11 at 02:29

  29. May his death not be in vain.

    Fermamdp de Araújo

    20 Mar 11 at 02:30

  30. I found Mo’s channel through a tweet. I never left for weeks. Mo’s presentations would always start with “Ok guys, you have to see this.” He called us “guys” in the most endearing manner. He shined a light where there was darkness and the whole world could see. I read somewhere that he said: What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. He remains in our hearts. From Colorado, USA

    yawningreyhound

    20 Mar 11 at 02:31

  31. R.I.P.
    Its remind me on one Journalist in Croatia during a war for independent, Siniša Glavašević. He was killed by Serbs after a fall of town Vukovar. Today Croatia is the state and the Serbs are gone. Libya will be also have freedom, payed by blood of mostly young and brave Libyans. The freedom will come, but they victims we will not forget.

    Perkovic

    20 Mar 11 at 02:35

  32. And we are mourning with Mo’s Wife & love-ones. All actual impressions and feelings will stay engraved in our minds. Love and solidarity !

    Mic Rasmussen Meyer

    20 Mar 11 at 02:35

  33. They say “Only the good die young and I think this is true. you were a good man and you`ll be missed very much by the people of Benghasi and all the tweeters all over the world. R.I.P. Mö

    waldesel

    20 Mar 11 at 02:45

  34. I watched Mo often on YouTube from afar as he reported on the struggle of the Libyan people… I wish my country would have helped sooner… Mo represented truth, honor and love of his country. May you rest in peace and may God bless you… Triumph for a free Libya is now soon at hand… Condolences to his family and friends… Mo was truly the spirit of Feb 17… Kevin in the USA

    Kevin

    20 Mar 11 at 02:48

  35. may your spirit be in peace now Thank you for the courage thank you for being a light in this darkness

    a cardoso

    20 Mar 11 at 02:56

  36. As a first generation Libyan American, from an exiled dissident family, I am following the events in Libya with a mixture of hope, fear, anxiety, and shock. But with the murder of Mohomed, whom I followed from the first days of the revolution, I broke down in tears of grief for the first time, overcome with the personal loss of a loved one, the face of all who gave their lives so that I could go home again, inshAllah. I am forever indebted to you and all the heroes, Libyan and non-Libyan. Thank You.

    Hend

    20 Mar 11 at 02:57

  37. We are,We will carry on the thunder of your cause for the freewill of your people,your family and your new born may you rest in peace my freind.

    Gary Armstrong .... Idaho

    20 Mar 11 at 03:06

  38. Courageous.
    Our prayers go out to his family, friends and freedom fighters of Libya.

    Jon ... Iowa

    20 Mar 11 at 03:14

  39. allah yarahamuk wa sabir ahlik.. narak allahu feek 3ala kul ma dirit.. shukran you will be sadly missed

    lemya

    20 Mar 11 at 03:14

  40. My heart is so deepy broken to learn about this tragic news.
    My condolences goes towards his family and friends in this very difficulr times.
    May his voice be forever be remembered and heard for the generations to come, another Libyan hero was martyred today.
    Hail to the heroes of Libya!

    Christine

    20 Mar 11 at 03:27

  41. […] 21:00 Confirman la muerte de Mohammed Nabbous […]

  42. I’m just one of tens of thousands of people around the world who never met Mo except online. People ask “what is so special about Libya?”. Libya had Mo and Mo’s determination to connect with people and tell Libya’s story (at least when the lash-up worked). Mo was special, tireless, principled, funny and far too brave. He would have gone on to make a great journalist and guardian of truth and freedom, and a loving father. But in just one month Mo already accomplished far more than most of us do in a lifetime. You did great, Mo. RIP

    Tony

    20 Mar 11 at 03:50

  43. My Dear Brother Mohamed, I can’t even express the way I feel right now, I have never cried in my life as I cried today, you were the hero for all of us, your courage set an example for the freedom lover.
    Dear Mohamed you are in a better place and you will not loss the battle, Libya will be free and the tyrant Gadaffi will be in the history trash and your blood will go in vain.
    my deepest sympathy and my heart goes out for your wife and your unborn child who will be proud of you. RIP.
    Mustafa, Canada

    Mustafa

    20 Mar 11 at 03:50

  44. GOD BLESS HIM ALWAYS.
    MAY HE REST IN PEACE.
    I&I FEEL FOR HIS FANILY AND FRIENDS, I WISH THEM STRENGHT AND BLESSINGS.

    Caring

    20 Mar 11 at 04:04

  45. J’aimais beaucoup Mo. J’avais du respect, de l’admiration et de l’amitié pour lui

    I liked a lot Mo. I had respect, admiration and friendship for him

    Marieck

    20 Mar 11 at 04:11

  46. Vive le freedom fighters of libya.
    God bless and protect them give them strenght, luck and wisdom.
    and I am sure Mo will do a greater job now above in Heaven keeping totally and better control of all what happens now.
    We support you all…

    Caring

    20 Mar 11 at 04:12

  47. I got here via a link from the Guardian’s live blog.

    I’m rooting for the rebels who have just cause and are so very brave.

    I am delighted that France, UK, the US have decided to use their militaries for apparently primarily moral reasons for once, though of course there are selfish factors at play too.
    I hope such selfish factors aren’t allowed to corrupt the present purpose of the of the support currently being provided.

    I’m under no illusion that events will unfold in a simple fashion, that this armed intervention will kill or thwart only “the bad guys” and some pure democracy will then flower in Libya—that never happens anywhere or at any time, in any country.

    Once the bullets and bombs stop flying I’m sure there will still be plenty of strife as Libya tries to remake itself—idealism and pragmatism and various agendas will perspectives will prevent a neat, Hollywood feel-good ending once the present military actions cease.

    I wish you and all the Libyans who just want a more equitable society in which to like all the best, I also wish those Libyans who oppose you learn that many of them are actually victims too, and that the rebels can find it their hearts and minds to forgive them “for they know not what they do” (in the US their equivalent would be in my opinion, the average Republican).

    I also fervently hope that none of the freedom fighters are killed or injured by the NATO military, but I fear that may well happen—precision ii entirely theoretical in combat as is clear from far too many events in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Good luck to you and to all. Imsh’alllah the common good will be served and interference from the type of self-serving oligarchic interests that plague us here in the US (and in Britain, and France) can be resisted in the aftermath of this present conflict, and that you can make your country a decent place for every Libyan.

    Good luck.

    5thstate

    20 Mar 11 at 04:42

  48. En mon nom personnel et au nom de tous les citoyens du monde en ma qualité de responsable de l’agence mondialiste d’information et de presse ( @amip-cdp), je m’associe à la douleur du peuple libyen libre pour présenter mes condoléances à sa femme et à toute sa famille. Paix à Mohamed martyr du peuple libyen. Mort pour que son pays vive libre débarassé du dictateur Khadafi

    houhou

    20 Mar 11 at 04:44

  49. May The Creator Join His family after a blessed life with him in the highest degrees of Heaven
    يا أهل ليبيا أبطال الحرية كلكم في عيوننا عمر المختار، أنتم في قلوبنا، وحدتنا فوق الحدود المصطنعة، انتم الفائزون اما النصر أو الشهادة
    (ولا تهنوا ولا تحزنوا وانتم الأعلون إن كنتم مؤمنين)(ولا تحسبنّ الذين قتلوا في سبيل الله أمواتا بل أحياء عند ربّهم يرزقون)(قال الذين يظنون أنهم ملاقوا الله كم من فئة قليلة غلبت فئة كثيرة بإذن الله والله مع الصابرين)
    إنّا لله وإنّا إليه راجعون، عظّمّ الله أجركم

    BChangeWinds

    20 Mar 11 at 05:56

  50. I loved when he said that he would post new videos and at the end, with his typical accent: “be aleeeerts” You, “guys”, dont believe how I’m sad with his death. I found his channel unfortunately only on his latest day (03-19-2011), it was about 6.0 a.m in Brazil. I went out and later, on the same channel, I learnd that he had passed away.He was so young, seemed to be a so nice person, just trying to add something good to the world. It’s unbelievable, how I identified me immediately with him, in the same level as I identified me with his cause some weeks ago. I said to me: I’d really like to be there, with this people, helping, making something. I’m sure as you all here on this page. I’m so sad, “guys”, really. In a worrld with so many “bad guys”, one good guy minus, it’s a fucking shame. THANK YOU VERY VERY MUCH, MO. And Libyan people, don’t give up. We are with you, if not in person, as frankly I’d rather be, we are with you in good vibes, spreading your message. FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT AND DONT BE CRUEL AS YOUR ENEMIES. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! I think, that was Mo’s message. PEACE OUT!

    Fermamdp de Araújo

    20 Mar 11 at 06:15

  51. Yesterday I found him and watched his videos and listened to his words with rapt attention, admiration and awe. Yesterday we lost him. His wife Perditta and his yet to be born child lost him. The whole world lost him and a great loss it is. Yet, in spite of this loss, his legacy will always be with us. He is one of the true martyrs, as the Arabs say Shaheed Inshallah. Shukran Mohammed, you will be greatly missed. When Libya is free there will be a monument to you. You will not be forgotten.

    Steve_T

    20 Mar 11 at 06:20

  52. الله يرحمك يااحميده والله ماشفتش حد دائما الضحكه ماتفارق وجهك

    اكنت دائما تبهج الاولاد فى التزحلق وربى يصبر زوجتك وعائلة ننبوس
    You were a great person and a great friend, I will miss you so much

    Do you know that special someone
    Muhammad was always surprised by children in the holidays
    In the Hall of skating you always go I and my family
    God have mercy on all of you know Benghazi
    We will miss everyone loves Muhammad always will be with us

    Nona Benghazi

    20 Mar 11 at 06:56

  53. Je suivais hier matin le reportage qu’il effectuait dans Benghazi. J’ai été attristé en apprenant son décès. Il est mort en héros, pour la Liberté de son pays. Que dire de plus….Son travail était connu au-delà des frontières de Libye et il nous était devenu familier, un frère… Repose en paix Muhammad;

    Saad

    20 Mar 11 at 09:43

  54. […] Mohammed Nabbous 1983-2011 […]

  55. We will never ever forget you MO.

    ahmed e a elshabli

    20 Mar 11 at 10:19

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  57. Like the ripples in a pond, the work of one man can spread out and touch the lives of many others! R.I.P.

    rh

    20 Mar 11 at 14:31

  58. We’ll never forget your fight and your strong. Your channel will be forever an example for everybody around the world.
    Good Job My Friend.

    jose miguel

    20 Mar 11 at 14:44

  59. God Bless him May he rest in peace

    ghazi

    20 Mar 11 at 18:17

  60. Mohammad Nabbous, how we painfully miss you from the bottom of our hearts. You truly were a beacon of light and hope, exemplary bravery and immense courage and determination. I followed you from the moment i saw you on Al jazeera TV holding out signs with words on them for viewers to read due to a fuzzy sound in the early days of the revolution. I then found you on livestream via a link on Facebook and I’ve been hooked ever since. Youe work and fighting spirit and zest for freedom and peace will never be forgotten. You have truly empowered and inspired many and there is no way you or any other martyr’s blood will be shed in vain. My deepest condolences go to your wife and family. I can’t begin to imagine the emptiness they must be feeling during this sorrowful time as I have been crying and depply depressed since the moment i heard the tragic news yesterday afternoon. Alas, we cannot forget you’re a martyr Mohammad and therefore you’re spirit is alive with allah in a better place and inshalla you are looking down on us now and watching events unfold and inshalla you will also witness from above the ultimate event you spared your life to- the freedom of Libya! May your sweet and blessed soul rest in peace………

    Rawaya Libya

    20 Mar 11 at 20:25

  61. I have no words, only grief. My heart goes out to his country, his wife, his unborn child, the world, for the loss of this great soul. May he sit at his Creator’s right hand.

    Jean in Alabama, USA

    21 Mar 11 at 01:13

  62. Mohammad Nabbous is a true hero. My heart goes out to his wife and unborn child. May his soul rest in peace.

    From the people of South Africa we say: Viva Libya, Viva!

    John

    21 Mar 11 at 04:47

  63. Putting together a tribute for Mohammed Nabbous

    Would greatly apprecciate your help ,

    Please add your voice – record your words and thoughts for Mohammed

    Please make it arounnd 45seconds or less , we want to include as many voices as we can get

    Email us at ask.a.libyan@gmail.com

    Thank you

    Aisha

    21 Mar 11 at 04:59

  64. On one single day, friday Mar 19, as I followed the Libya Revolution on the internet, I discovered, watched and listened to this great young man as he followed his day’s work. I was deeply impressed at his depth and soul and intelligence. And then he went out again, vanished and was gone. The Great never die….He remains an inspiration to mankind and I feel so thankful to have witnessed him that day. Those few hours will remain in my memory for a lifetime, as he will remain one of the greatest heroes of his time.

    Natasha

    21 Mar 11 at 16:04

  65. Don’t have words. Still, like I didn’t have words when I heard the terrible news thgis weekend. Like if I knew him my tears fell.

    Natasha above me has taken the words out of my mouth with saying this:

    He remains an inspiration to mankind and I feel so thankful to have witnessed him that day. Those few hours will remain in my memory for a lifetime, as he will remain one of the greatest heroes of his time.

    Strength, faith and wisdom for his wife, family and friends.

    maarten073

    22 Mar 11 at 15:08

  66. I follow Mo’s stream since he followed the situation in Benghaz with 9 live webcams, which was shortly after the beginning of the revolution. Again and again, the pictures tied me, and often the stream was running all day on my laptop.
    I was shocked deeply when I heard the heartbreaking news about Mo’s death directly from his wife Perditta and I had to cry immediately.

    His courage, his determination, his truthfulness, to show the world the truth should be the driving force for this revolution to stop the misery very soon and leave Lbya peacefully.

    My wishes and my condolences to his family, wife and unborn child comes from my deepest heart.

    – Cherry, Germany –

    Cherry

    22 Mar 11 at 21:47

  67. The best I can do is donate and spread the work. So that’s what I’ll do. Mo is a hero!

    Valse

    23 Mar 11 at 03:13

  68. Je présente toutes mes sincères condoléance à sa femme, je suis bien triste pour elle, heureusement qu’il y a des Héros comme lui dans ce genre de situation. Je vous souhaite à tous et à toutes beaucoup de courage, vous vaincrez. Marie

    Gauvain Marie

    23 Mar 11 at 20:02

  69. Gone to soon

    Shoron

    25 Oct 11 at 21:55

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