Maldives National University bans staff from anti-government expression

Maldives National University (MNU)’s Hithadhoo branch. | Photo: MNU - Hithadhoo Campus.

Malé, Maldives – The Maldives National University (MNU) has banned its staff from expressing anti-government sentiments on social media.

In section 7(c) of the new guidelines established on how staff may use social media, MNU states that the national university staff are prohibited from expressing sentiments that go against any elected individual, political appointee or Presidential appointee.

According to the new guideline, the staff may only use social media for

  • Academic research and other academic purposes
  • Disperse information on the employee’s specialised field
  • Share thoughts that fit within the university policies

The university staff is prohibited from sharing content that disrupts the peace of the country, creates discontent, mock Islam, cause hatred against political and elected appointees, creates discontent against the university, release confidential information, cause disruption among staff or against supervisors, and disrupts the smooth running of the university.