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
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
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