Journalists’ Association (MJA), an affiliate of the International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ), has in a statement released on October 1, welcomed the
Maldives Police Service decision to end its boycott of the independent news and
entertainment channel, Raajje TV.
Since the resignation
of Mohammad Nasheed as President of the Maldives in contentious circumstances
in February, state institutions have declined to participate in or cooperate
with news coverage in Raajje TV, which is known to have an editorial policy
sympathetic to the former president’s party.
Political parties too
have reportedly taken to voicing their opinions only to news media that they are
sure will take a favourable editorial policy.
In August, the MJA
reported that the office of the President of the Maldives and the Maldives
Police Service had discontinued participation in news stories and features
carried by Raajje TV. At the same time, opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed was
reported to have pointedly disregarded assembled journalists and granted an
exclusive interview to Raajje TV after returning from an overseas visit.
According to MJA President
Ahmed Zahir “Hiriga”, the growing polarisation is also evident in media
coverage of political events, such as public meetings and rallies.
The IFJ supports the
MJA’s call that government institutions and political actors should provide equal
opportunity and cooperation to all the media organisations without
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