Libya: Son's newspaper wins a reprieve

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The Independent Online

The country's most outspoken newspaper reappeared yesterday with a new editor and a pledge of loyalty to leader Muammar Gaddafi, in a concession to conservatives in the ruling elite.

The Oea newspaper, part of a media group founded by Mr Gaddafi's reformist son Saif al-Islam, was suspended a week ago and several of its journalists were briefly detained.

Saif al-Islam is seen as a potential successor to his father but he has been fighting a turf war with influential figures who have resisted his attempts at reform.