I read in some blogs and some Libyan websites that Allibiya FM radio station has closed down for a while and now that it has restarted under a new name, Allibiya, there has been some talk about the rift between the modernists and the hardliners who it seems have won at the end, what I found really ridiculous is that the hardliners objected to the letters FM that accompany the name of the radio station because they are English letters and not Arabic! so the new name does not have the English letters but what it doesn't have is the Arabic alternative to FM and that is for a simple reason, there is no alternative. Some big suits that lack a lot of education keep interfering with everything to the point of being completely ridiculous, I mean only in Libya they banned the words Television, Radio, Cinema and now FM, they used ridiculous alternatives such as جهاز الاذاعة المرئية (Visual Broadcasting Machine for TV), جهاز الاذاعة المسموعة (Audio Broadcasting Machine for Radio) and خيالة (meaning Cinema) and God knows what for FM!!, these were inventions that were invented by Europeans or western people, their names have become a Trade Mark and are used world wide, its in the same way that the English language uses many Arabic words for things that were invented by Arabs and rightly so. For these hardliners big suits I suggest they invent new things and then and only then they can call it any Arabic name they want, I mean who uses these Arabic alternative names? no one but Libyan TV and press, imagine the money wasted now just to change the name of the Radio station. I would understand their point if for examples they banned shops from using English names that do not make sense as I have seen in Egypt, where I saw Take Away restaurant that have the words Take Away written in Arabic! (تك أوي) another shop was Happy Family in Arabic letters! (هابي فاميلي) this is quite ridiculous and meaningless but to try to change what has become normal and has no alternative is not acceptable and is a waste of time and money.
There is a Libyan saying, من ليبيا يأتي الجديد , meaning: from Libya comes everything new, well sometimes I feel it should be changed to, من ليبيا يأتي القطاف الزايد , meaning: from Libya comes a lot of nonsense.