August 21st, 2011
02:13 PM ET

Libyan anchor waves gun on air, threatens to defend Gadhafi

An anchor giving the news this weekend on Libyan state television lifted a gun on air and warned rebels trying to oust Moammar Gadhafi that staffers at al-Libiyah would become martyrs if they had to.  

Hala Misrati grabbed a handgun from the top of the anchor desk as news reports said that rebels were advancing toward the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

Al Jazeera English gave this translation: "With this weapon, I either kill or die today.

"You will not take al-Libiyah channel. You won't take Jamahiriyah channel, Shababiyah channel, Tripoli or all of Libya, and even those without a weapon are willing to be a shield in order to protect their colleagues at this channel. We are willing to become martyrs."

According to several reports, Misrati has been controversially outspoken about her support of Gadhafi. She previously reportedly referred to al Jazeera as "Swine Jazeera" and accused the news agency of killing its own employees and bombing its own offices.

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  1. banasy©

    That's all right, gung hoe.
    No worries.

    Hello, my sista!
    Your comment cracked me up!

    August 21, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    @justathought: lol, yeah I would imagine common sense woulda told her not to be wavin that gun as if she were conducting a symphony too tho .

    August 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Shiver Lay

    @ banasy:
    Look more closely at the mask.
    It reads "shiver," not "silver."
    Confusion, confusion...all is confusion.

    August 21, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    @Shiver Lay:

    My apologies.
    I was thinking about a friend who goes by Silver Wraith' at times.
    Mea culpa.

    August 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    Hey m.s.! I keep imagining her straightening out her papers, taking a deep breath and sayin And now to Guy Smiley for your weekend weather update.

    August 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Shiver Lay

    @ banasy:
    I went back.
    You got it right the first time above, then slipped into memories.

    August 21, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    I can see that, raven, baby.
    Guy Smiley!

    August 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @Shiver Lay:

    Well, they *do* both start with ess...

    August 21, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Guest



    Just another pawn in the game of "love".

    August 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    What are you talking about?
    Enlighten me.

    August 21, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. justathought

    @ raven, the gun probably isn't loaded, and she wouldn't know how to use it if it were

    August 21, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. gung hoe

    That newscaster is prepared as she doin the news live at the mall for flashmobs

    August 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. s kel

    well its one way of having job security, lol . and i think ruffnutts 2:51 blog was funny.

    August 21, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mary

    Everone knows I'm phillip's pawn.

    August 21, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. D Pac

    I wonder how many of her family members were threatened by Gadhafi's men. I've seen this movie before.

    August 21, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
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