The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the Maldives Journalists’
Association (MJA), in expressing concern over the recent escalation of
hostile rhetoric towards the media in the Republic of Maldives.
Zuhair, press secretary to the President of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, on
January 11 threatened criminal action against media that spread allegedly “baseless
and demonstrably false” claims about government actions.
MJA has contested these allegations, arguing that the media are at liberty to
report statements made by responsible opposition politicians, even when time
constraints do not permit detailed fact-checking.
this statement by the president’s press secretary, the Maldives Minister for Transport and
Communication, Adhil Saleem, declared publicly on January 20 that broadcast
stations suspected of “misleading the public” could have their licences revoked.
law, the grant and renewal of broadcast licences is within the exclusive
jurisdiction of the Maldives Broadcasting Commission, an autonomous and non-partisan
body. Licences once granted cannot be revoked except through due process of
IFJ joins the MJA in drawing the government’s attention to this feature of the
law and demanding an end to the hostile rhetoric from officials of the Maldives government.
has in recent times been an intensification in verbal attacks on the media by the
government of the Maldives.
The IFJ calls for the resolution of this hostility through talks in good faith
between the government and professional bodies of journalists, such as the
MJA”, said the IFJ Asia-Pacific.
IFJ calls on President Nasheed and ministers of the Maldives government to cease the hostile
rhetoric and respect the ethical and legal imperatives of media freedom”.
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