Libya's rebels have launched their first homegrown satellite TV station, trying to counter the regime's powerful media machine, which they say transmits Muammar Gaddafi's message, depicts the opposition as terrorists and drums up patriotic passion by beaming images of burning buildings hit by NATO strikes.
Thousands of Libyans waving flags gathered in a public square in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi to watch the first broadcasts.
The channel was born out of an Internet video streaming site launched by Zuhair Albarasi and fellow Libyan businessman Mohammed al-Nabbous, who since the uprising began in mid-February searched for a way to show it to the world and to the Libyans themselves.
But in a country where Internet access has been sharply curtailed for much of the population, the channel — hosted on Livestream — remains limited in its reach.
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