Maldives

Search for missing journalist continues

The family of reporter Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, who went missing in August 2014, continue to press authorities to investigate. Colleagues of Rilwan, who worked at independent website Minivan News, say they fear the journalist, pictured with his mother, has been abducted. Rilwan has a strong record of hard-hitting journalism and unearthing important stories. His disappearance comes amid attempts by authorities and other groups to silence the press in the Maldives through state harassment, a culture of poor law enforcement, and vandalism by gangs of media property and equipment, according to one of Rilwan's colleagues.
Ya'sha Adnan

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New Maldives criminal defamation law threatens press freedom

Maldivian police watch over an opposition demonstration in February 2012. (Reuters/Dinuka Liyanawatte)

New York, August 10, 2016--Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom should veto a criminal defamation law the parliament passed yesterday, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The legislation threatens to stifle criticism and investigative reporting.

August 10, 2016 5:03 PM ET

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Blog   |   Maldives

Closure of news outlets signals further erosion of media freedom in the Maldives

News outlets in the Maldives are closing down, one after another. The story at each publication is different, sometimes complicated, but the outcome is the same: journalists are facing a tougher time doing their jobs.

Case   |   Maldives

Journalist for Maldivian television station to stand trial

On April 12, 2016, Adam Zareer, a videographer for the pro-opposition Maldivian television station Raajje TV was served a summons to appear in court on April 24 on charges of obstructing police duties while reporting on an anti-government demonstration in March 2015, according to the Maldives Independent and a fellow Raajje TV journalist writing on Twitter. Zareer, who was covering the demonstration, was arrested at the March 25 protest and placed in a five-day remand, according to CPJ research. He was not immediately charged.

April 13, 2016 2:31 PM ET

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Journalists for opposition TV station face charges in Maldives

New York, April 11, 2016--Maldivian prosecutors should drop charges against journalists and an executive from a pro-opposition television station, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The charges come amid a mounting crackdown on press freedom in the country.

Letters   |   Maldives

CPJ urges Maldives to launch independent investigation into case of missing journalist Rilwan

Dear President Yameen: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent international press freedom organization, is writing to express its concern about a Maldivian journalist who has been missing for a year and to call on your government to ensure a credible and independent investigation into his disappearance.

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Three journalists arrested in Maldives while covering protests

March 26, 2015, New York--Authorities in the Maldives should immediately release three journalists detained this week while covering political demonstrations in the archipelago nation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

Blog   |   Maldives

Minivan News reporter Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla missing for one month

Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, pictured with his mother Aminath Easa, went missing on August 8. (Ya'sha Adnan)

Today marks one month since Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, a reporter for the independent news website Minivan News, disappeared. Friends, family, and colleagues believe he was abducted.

September 8, 2014 10:07 AM ET

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Journalist feared abducted in the Maldives

New York, August 19, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the safety of a journalist in the Maldives who has been missing since early August and calls on authorities to thoroughly investigate his disappearance.

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TV station attacked in Maldives

New York, October 7, 2013--Authorities in the Maldives should conduct a thorough and efficient investigation into an arson attack on the offices of a TV news station in Male, the capital, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Journalist detained briefly in the Maldives

Sun Media reported that one of its journalists was briefly detained by police for photographing a government building in Malé, the capital, on March 26, 2013. The media group is based in the Maldives and covers local and world news for online, print, and radio.

March 27, 2013 1:13 PM ET

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