Based on developments during the past year, RSF said the government continues to “persecute the independent media” after a new law criminalised defamation and allowed the authorities to shut down media outlets.
Maldives Development Alliance MP Mohamed Ismail had caused outrage when he declared during a parliament sitting in March last year that he had carried “sacks of money” to opposition MPs.
Three ministers met the press at the president’s office to defend the Maldives Inland Revenue Authority, stressing that it is an independent institution whose enforcement actions are taken after due process and without any government interference.
For societies in which depression remains taboo, or is poorly understood, discussing it can mean examining deep and enduring social norms, writes Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia.
Police officers on the island of Magoodhoo in Faafu atoll forced a journalist working as a stringer for The New York Times to sign a statement saying he would not interview islanders about the rumoured multi-billion investment from Saudi Arabia.
Did the Saudi king postpone the official visit because of the flu or MP Nihan’s leaked audio about amending the constitution to facilitate the sale of Faafu atoll Himithi to the deputy crown prince? asks Azra Naseem.
“I am not pessimistic by nature, but I fear for the future of my homeland. Paradise is rarely regained in the political arena. The very nature of politics makes it so,” writes Latheefa Verall.
Schools in the capital reopened on Sunday after a health alert issued in response to a seasonal outbreak of the flu and viral fever was cancelled last week.
The family of Raudha Athif, 20, alleges that she was murdered by a fellow student at the Rajshahi medical college. But Chief Superintendent Mohamed Riyaz told the press after returning from Bangladesh that there were “no suspicious circumstances” surrounding her death.
Two fires have destroyed a wetland area equal to 35 football pitches on the southern island of Fuvahmulah. Islanders said they suspect the fires were started deliberately.