Wave of Violence Against Journalists in the Maldives

 

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is informed by

affiliates and partners of an alarming rise in incidents of violence against

journalists in the Maldives.

 

The Maldives Journalists’ Association, an IFJ-affiliate, has strongly

condemned the tendency for police and party activists to target journalists as

political agitations escalate in the Indian Ocean republic.

 

On June 9, two reporters of the Raajje TV channel were taken into

custody while covering a demonstration by the opposition Maldivian Democratic

Party (MDP). Police claim that the arrests were made because the newsmen were

obstructing them in their duty. But Raajje TV management has said that the

journalists were arrested while filming the police physically assaulting a

demonstrator.

 

The MJA also reports that three journalists were attacked on July 11

while covering an MDP protest calling for early elections in the country.

Murshid Abdul Hakeem, a reporter with the Sun Online news service received head

injuries after being hit by a battery thrown by the MDP protesters.

 

During the course of the same demonstration, Raajje TV cameraman Mohamed

Shanoon and Minivan Daily reporter

Ahmed Haisan were attacked by riot police.

 

“We join the MJA in

calling for more respect for media persons doing their duty, from both the

police authorities and political party activists”, said the IFJ Asia-Pacific.

 

“The media cannot

serve the public good while they are in fear of being the target of violence or

intimidation”.

 

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further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919

 

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