Shifla appointed as MBC member, at third attempt

Shifla Ibrahim (L) is presented with her letter of appointment as a member of Maldives Broadcasting Commission by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (R) on May 5, 2021 | Photo: President's Office

Malé, Maldives – President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih appointed veteran TV news anchor Shifla Ibrahim as a member of the Maldives Broadcasting Commission (MBC) today.

The commission is an independent body mandated to govern the Broadcasting Act’s implementation under Law no: 16/2010.

After presenting Shifla with the Letter of Appointment today, President Solih met her and discussed pertinent issues related to the broadcasting sector. Shifla Ibrahim graduated with a Master of Arts in Journalism and Media Communications from the Islamic University of Maldives in 2019.

She started her journalism career in 1999 in Television Maldives as an Announcer trainee. She worked at Sangu Television as a News Anchor until her new appointment.

President Solih nominated three candidates for the vacancy at MBC; Shifla, Fathimath Sausan of M.Vancouver, and Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim of Javaahiru Asseyri, ADh. Maamigili. The candidates were evaluated and interviewed by the Independent Institutions Committee, which voted in favor of Shifa with the unanimous consensus of all 11 members.

This marked the third time for Shifla to be nominated and approved by the Independent Institutions Committee. While she failed to get the majority vote of the parliament previously, this time, Shifla received the support of the Parliament for her appointment to MBC with a majority vote of 71 parliament members on Thursday, April 29.

MBC consists of 7 members. As of now, the commission has President Mariyam Waheedha, Vice President Ahmed Gais, member Mohamed Fazeen, member Aminath Saraahath Izzath, member Amjad Waheed, member Ali Yoosuf, and member Aminath Ameena. Shifla replaced former MBC member Aminath Sarahath Izzath, who’s term expired last Tuesday.