Alert : Report Launch – Maldives Freedom of Expression Assessment

On October 23, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) together with the Centre for Law and Democracy (CLD) will launch the first major in-depth assessment of freedom of expression in the Maldives in more than a decade.

The report, written by CLD’s Executive Director, Toby Mendel, Maldives: Overview of the Environment for Media, looks at all aspects of the Maldives freedom of expression environment including its media regulatory framework, freedom of expression as a human rights, present practice of content restrictions in Maldives among others and provides recommendations for the reform. 

The report will be launched at a special online discussion at 4pm (Maldives) featuring:

  • Toby Mendel, Executive Director, Centre for Law and Democracy
  • Ahid Rashid, Maldives Information Commissioner
  • Rae Munavvar, Contributing Editor, The Times of Addu
  • Saad Hamadi, South Asia Campaigner for Amnesty International
  • Shaziya Ali, Outreach Manager, Transparency Maldives

The report was funded by United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Maldives. The IFJ is represented in the Maldives by its affiliate the Maldives Journalist Association (MJA).

Toby Mendel said: The Maldives has fluctuated up and down quite a lot in terms of its rules and practices on freedom of expression and media freedom. We are hopeful that some positive changes can be achieved at this time, and this report points the way forward in that regard.

The report starts by providing an overview of international standards on freedom of expression, alongside an analysis of Maldivian constitutional guarantees.

Register for the launch event here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpdO2srzgoGNTTaJqw2tQnkLLcL3t-RAsW

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