Malé, Maldives – Maldives Broadcasting Commission (MBC), has overruled their decision to fine local news channel RajjeTV for MVR 2million back in 2018.
This is the single largest fine paid by a news outlet ever in the Maldives, and was made after, the channel “aired content slandering Former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and compromised national security” under the now abolished Anti-Defamation and Freedom of Expression Act.
RajjeTV was fined multiple times under this act during the former administration, and resorted to opening donation boxes to help them pay off large amounts the MBC fiend them with.
RajjeTV co-founder and Member of Parliament for Hoarafushi Constituency Ahmed Saleem said today that MBC has decided that the MVR 2million fine was handed to them unfairly. He added that the important part is RajjeTV received justice, and that the money will go to a children’s shelter in need.