Media Council probes alleged police threat against journalists covering “India Out” rally

"India Out" protest held in March 2022 | Photo: Sun Photo/Naail Hussain

Malé, Maldives – Maldives Media Council (MMC) on Thursday requested the Maldives Police Service to investigate allegations of a police officer threatening journalists for covering the “India Out” rally held yesterday.

Multiple media has reported threats against journalists alleged police officer named “Solih” for covering the “India Out” protest. Local media reports that the officer has previously threatened media during protest coverage.

We call on all relevant institutions to ensure a safe working environment for journalists and safeguard the freedom of expression & assembly!

Maldives Journalist Association & Transparency Maldives

In addition to the MMC, human rights NGO Transparency Maldives and Maldives Journalist Association (MJA) released a joint statement today calling for the government to protect and safeguard the right to freedom of expression enshrined in the Maldives Constitution.

The statement was released due to concerning police conduct towards journalists and protestors during recent protests.