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8 August 2012 |

Opposition broadcaster Raajje TV silenced in the Maldives

Raajje TV was attacked just days after police accused the station of making false allegations against security forces.
13 July 2012 |

At least four journalists attacked in protests

Journalists have been attacked by protesters and police during demonstrations calling for President Mohamed Waheed Hassan to hold elections.
11 July 2012 |

Country backslides on press freedom

Police detained private TV station Raajje TV's news chief Asward Ibrahim Waheed and Cable News Maldives journalist Ali Naseer during protests on 9 July.
6 July 2012 |

Government urged to grant licence to independent television channel

The Maldives Journalists' Association (MJA) has expressed concern over the delay in the granting of a licence to Raajje TV, citing it as a breach of the guidelines for permitting plural sources of news and opinions for the people of the Indian Ocean republic.
5 June 2012 |

Journalist in critical condition after attacker cuts his throat

The authorities are urged to not rule out the possibility that the attack on Ismail "Hilath" Rasheed is linked to his journalistic activity as he has made many enemies through his outspoken blogging.
8 February 2012 |

New government must guarantee safety and rights of journalists

After members of the police and army linked to the opposition staged a mutiny and forced President Mohamed Nasheed to resign, members of the police also stormed the headquarters of the state TV station and took control there.
30 January 2012 |

IFJ deeply concerned by attack on broadcast studio

DhiTV was attacked on the early hours of 26 January after the station had broadcast live coverage of opposition protests at the recent arrest of a judge by the Special Forces the previous evening.
10 January 2012 |

Leading journalist released, his blog remains banned

Ismail Kilath “Hilath” Rasheed’s blog was closed on 19 November on the grounds that it contained anti-Islamic material.
21 December 2011 |

Journalist detained, charges unclear

Ismail Kilath "Hilath" Rasheed was arrested because of his involvement in a "silent protest" for more religious tolerance that was held on Human Rights Day.
24 November 2011 |

Government shuts down blog in climate of growing religious intolerance

According to Ismail Khilath Rasheed, the Islamic affairs ministry had his blog in its sights because he is a Sufi Muslim, not a Sunni like most Maldivians, and has always been critical of religious fundamentalism.
11 July 2011 |

IFJ concerned over police investigation into journalist's sources

The Maldives Journalists' Association has protested a decision by police to summon editor Mohamed Jinah Ali for questioning regarding the authenticity of a news report.
2 March 2011 |

Police interrogation of journalists sets unhealthy precedent, says IFJ

Two journalists from the daily "Haveeru" were summoned for interrogation after the newspaper carried a story about a pornographic video racket.
28 October 2010 |

Journalists attacked by riot police

The Maldives Journalists' Association said the journalists were reporting on a protest organised by the opposition Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party.
8 September 2010 |

IFJ concerned about increasing hostility against independent media

"The physical and verbal attacks on media organisations . . . could create an environment that would be adverse to press freedom in the country," says IFJ.
26 November 2009 |

Defamation decriminalised

The Maldives parliament passed an amendment to the Penal Code abolishing five articles related to criminal defamation.
31 July 2009 |

A series of incidents revives concern about press freedom

RSF urges the Maldivian authorities and political parties to show full respect for journalists, including those working for media outlets that do not share their views.
19 June 2009 |

Stop prosecuting criminal defamation cases

ARTICLE 19 calls on the Maldivian authorities to abolish the crime of defamation, replacing it with appropriate civil defamation rules.
1 April 2008 |

Police arrest "Minivan Daily" photographer

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders calls on the police in the capital Malé to explain exactly why they arrested "Minivan Daily" photographer Ibrahim Jauhuree on 30 March 2008 for allegedly "harassing a police officer." He is reportedly still being held in Malé. His arrest comes two weeks after he told colleagues and superiors that a police officer had threatened to arrest him if he did not hand over a video of parliamentarian Ahmed Shafeeq being beaten by police in 2006.
21 September 2007 |

Political affairs reporter banned from Parliament

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders calls on the secretary of the Maldives parliament, the People's Majlis, to rescind a ban on reporter Lushan Saeed of the daily "Miadhu" from entering the parliament building until the end of the year. Saeed, who specialises in parliamentary affairs, was notified of the ban in a letter from the parliament's secretariat on 17 September 2007.
11 September 2007 |

International mission urges amendments to draft press freedom bill

(ARTICLE 19/IFEX) - The following is an ARTICLE 19 press release:

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