A new presidential commission in Maldives is investigating the abduction of Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla and the murder of Yameen Rasheed.
The presidential election is scheduled for 23 September
On the fourth anniversary of Rilwan Ahmed’s disappearance, there are concerns of a cover-up.
The electoral commission threatens to reject results, and dissolve the main opposition party.
The blogger was stabbed to death in 2017 by alleged religious fundamentalists.
Journalists from the opposition TV channel Raajje TV were arrested for protest coverage.
The media in Maldives are enduring “unprecedented restrictions” as the country continues to be under a state of emergency.
An opposition-aligned TV station and independent news website have come under threat of closure and cyberattack after the government declared a state of emergency.
Bytes for All looks at what changes need to occur to improve free expression in the Maldives and put an end to the murders of Maldivian dissenters.
The Maldives doesn’t often get international media attention. But the brutal murder of a renowned blogger made headlines throughout the world.
CPJ called on the Maldives’ prosecutor general to drop the legal case against Raajje TV journalist Mohamed Wisam, who was acquitted last month of obstructing police at an anti-government protest in 2015.
The threat against Raajje TV was received after the station dispatched a crew to Faafu atoll ahead of a state visit to the Maldives by the King of Saudi Arabia, who is expected to sign a controversial USD10 billion deal to develop the atoll.