Stop spreading propaganda against Nasheed: MDP

Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed seen in Germany for the first time since the assassination attempt on him by blowing an IED near his home on May 6, 2021 | Photo: Social Media

Malé, Maldives – Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) called out to stop spreading propaganda against former President and Speaker of Parliament Mohamed Nasheed.

MDP had said this in a statement made regarding a “Mihaaru” news article regarding the May 6 Terror Attack against Speaker Nasheed. MDP noted that while the people who funded the attack on May 6 have not been found yet, to hold Speaker Nasheed is responsible in any manner, is spreading propaganda against him.

Saying that Speaker Nasheed’s actions are responsible, living at the family home or his personality, is propaganda.

MDP Statement

The statement added that while the security and safety authorities know that Speaker Nasheed has a critical level of risk, and the Maldivian constitution states that he has the right to protection, to assume that Speaker Nasheed was at fault, is propaganda.

The ruling party reminded of the incident that occurred on February 7, 2012, while Speaker Nasheed was the President of the Maldives, when Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF) had failed to protect Nasheed even inside their own headquarters.

MDP called out to find the source of the propaganda article against Speaker Nasheed, highlighting concern about the status of security authorities and officials. The party said that security forces or state authorities providing information to media under anonymity is a serious concern. They called to investigate the source, whether they are a part of security forces or got information through government channels.

MDP also called to stop spreading baseless lies and propaganda targeted at Speaker Nasheed while the authorities have yet to find the masterminds and financiers behind the attack.

The IED explosion went off around 20:20 on 6 May 2021 leaving Speaker of Parliament, Mohamed Nasheed critically injured while he was getting in to his car near his house, G. Kenereege, Malé City. In addition to him, 3 more people were also been reported to be injured from the explosion including the Speaker’s bodyguards and bystanders.