Journalists Injured in Protests in the Maldives

 

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) calls

for restraint on the part of the State authorities in the Maldives as

protests against rising prices in the capital Male have been allegedly met with

excessive force, injuring a number of journalists in the process.

 

According

to the Maldives Journalists’ Association (MJA), an IFJ affiliate, protests

against rising prices of essential commodities began in the island nation on

May 1 and have continued under the leadership of the main opposition party.

 

A number

of journalists from the print and electronic media, according to the MJA, have

suffered injuries of various degrees of seriousness while covering the

demonstrations, some from being pushed back by police riot shields.

 

The MJA

has registered its strong protests with the authorities over what it has

described as the overtly hostile attitude of the police towards journalists

covering the demonstrations.

 

“We call

upon the government in the Maldives

to respect the right of local journalists to cover contemporary events of

public importance, without undue restraint or threat,” IFJ

Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +91-9810518009

 

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represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries

 

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