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In Maldives, at least three journalists detained over protest coverage

March 16, 2018 4:47 PM ET

New York, March 16, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Maldivian authorities to immediately release three Raajje TV journalists who, according to their pro-opposition station, were detained today over their coverage of anti-government protests in the capital, Malé....

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Amid political turmoil in Maldives, press comes under attack

February 5, 2018 6:32 PM ET

New York, February 5, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Maldivian authorities to stop threatening and harassing news outlets and allow them to operate freely. An opposition-aligned TV station and independent news website have come under threat of closure and cyberattack, respectively, amid an escalating political crisis....

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Maldives repeatedly slaps Raajje TV with huge fines under defamation law

October 24, 2017 4:00 PM ET

One of the largest TV stations in the Maldives, Raajje TV, says authorities are using newly recriminalized defamation law to try to shut it down by levying exorbitant fines....

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Journalists detained covering Maldives protest

July 27, 2017 4:45 PM ET

New York, July 27, 2017--Police in the Maldives should cease detaining journalists covering events of significant public interest, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police yesterday briefly detained seven journalists from the private television channels Sangu TV and Raajje TV as they covered an opposition party protest, according...

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Blogger stabbed to death in Maldives

April 24, 2017 1:26 PM ET

New York, April 24, 2017--Authorities in the Maldives should swiftly identify and bring to justice those responsible for the murder of blogger Yameen Rasheed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Rasheed died after he was found with multiple stab wounds in the stairway of his apartment building yesterday,...

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CPJ calls on Maldives to drop case against Raajje TV journalist

April 18, 2017 4:34 PM ET

New York, April 18, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Maldives' prosecutor general to drop the legal case against Raajje TV journalist Mohamed Wisam, who was acquitted last month of obstructing police at an anti-government protest in 2015. The prosecutor general lodged an appeal with the high...

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Maldives journalists face prison

January 20, 2017 4:18 PM ET

New York, January 20, 2017--Authorities in the Maldives should cease pursuing all criminal charges against journalists from Raajje TV, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court is expected to sentence Raajje TV journalists Mohamed Wisam and Leevaan Ali Nasir on January 24, according to press reports. Both intend...

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Police raid newspaper after critical documentary airs in Maldives

September 9, 2016 1:47 PM ET

Bangkok, September 9, 2016 - Authorities in the Maldives should cease harassing the Maldives Independent, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police raided the daily newspaper's office hours after the Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera aired a documentary produced by the paper's former editor alleging high-level corruption in the Maldives....

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New Maldives criminal defamation law threatens press freedom

August 10, 2016 5:03 PM ET

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....

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

July 12, 2016 11:40 AM ET

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....

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