Journalists descend on Libyan border

International reporters wait for “floodgates to open.”

A growing number of international journalists are gathering at the Libyan border, with a ban on foreign reporters entering the country increasingly under threat.

With anti-government protests threatening Muammar Gaddafi's regime, Libya has been the focus of worldwide news organisations, however only a handful have access to Tripoli, the country's capital.

Ashraf Khali, a freelance correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and the Times reported on Twitter that: "International media in Cairo is heading en masse to the Egypt Libya border and just waiting for the floodgates to open."

Many international news organisations have been forced to report on the protests from Egypt and are awaiting developments in the conflict that would allow them access to the country.

In a state TV broadcast, Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, attacked the foreign media for exaggerating the scale of the conflict and threatened that the Libyan army would "eradicate" enemies of the state.

The BBC is currently one of the only news organisations with access to the country. The corporation's world news editor, Jon Williams, told the Guardian that in the event of Gaddafi's regime collapsing, there would be "almighty scrambling" to report from Tripoli.

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