Breaking the sound barrier on Libya

Through a combination of new technology and courage, Libyans make sure the world knows about their protests.

Security forces may well have massacred protesters with characteristic brutality in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, on Monday afternoon.

Libyan authorities went to extreme lengths to stop news of the killings from getting out. Helicopters rained bullets down on people in the streets below, while snipers were reportedly firing on them from building tops, human rights groups said.

Yet, with help from satellite phones and Twitter, the news made its way out of the country as killings continued on Monday afternoon.

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