Government proposes to merge MMC and BroadCom

Maldives Media Council at a meeting with the Parliament’s Independent Institutions Committee. | Photo: Maldives Media Council

Malé, Maldives — Information revealed by the The Attorney General’s Office (AG) states that the government had proposed to merge Maldives Media Council (MMC) and Maldives Broadcasting Commission (BroadCom).

Before AG announced this decision, the parliament had initially attempted to revise the law to facilitate a merger, where discussions were held by the Parliament Committee on Independent Institutions with senior representatives of news agencies as well.

Therefore, the findings from the meeting were included in the recommendations forwarded to the AG Office. However, further details regarding the policy proposal will only be disclosed after the bill is submitted to the parliament for deliberation.

Along with this bill, there are 18 more policies that need to be proposed during the third and final term of the Parliament. Some of the policies are reforms to the Judicature Act, amendments to the Judges Act, and the Foreign Investment Bill.

Apart from the policies mentioned, the President Ibrahim Solih’s administration is also expected to propose policies that are related to public transportation, food, and the enaction of an anti-defamation law as well.