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Posts From Mohamed Junayd

Raajje TV journalist cleared of second obstruction charge

Delivering a verdict on Tuesday, Judge Ahmed Shakeel said the prosecution’s evidence was insufficient

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Majority leader threatens journalist with defamation action

Majority Leader Ahmed Nihan threatened to sue a journalist during a televised press conference on Saturday in response to a question about allegations linking ruling coalition lawmakers to the Maldives’ biggest corruption.

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Tax authority freezes accounts of Gasim’s Villa Shipping company

The move comes days after Gasim predicted that Villa’s accounts could be frozen ahead of Monday’s no-confidence vote against the speaker of parliament.

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Police interrogates Mihaaru editor after complaints by judiciary

Echoing the criminal court’s threat of legal action against journalists, the broadcasting regulator has also accused some media outlets of “spreading falsehoods and slander that encourages terrorism, tarnishes the country’s good name internationally, and strains the Maldivian state’s diplomatic relations”.

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Islamic centre courtyard ‘rectified’

The housing ministry has completed replacing cracked floor tiles on the Islamic centre’s courtyard, less than ten months after the praying area of the capital’s largest mosque was extended with a marble floor.

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Umar Naseer accused of corruption over Independence 50 celebrations

Shortly after investigators from the anti-graft watchdog went into the home ministry Sunday morning, Home Minister Azleen Ahmed called an impromptu press conference and alleged that his predecessor had awarded contracts in violation of public finance rules.

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Opposition announces protest against Faafu deal as police crackdown intensifies

After warning that “legal action” will be taken against “demeaning” activities during upcoming official visits, the police have raided the MDP’s meeting hall twice, painted over graffiti on Shaviyani Bileyfahi, and warned against putting up banners against the Faafu deal at the MDP’s campaign launch rally on Haa Alif Dhidhoo.

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Foreign journalists invited by government held up at airport

Three foreign journalists who arrived last Tuesday on an invitation from the government were threatened with deportation for seeking to enter the country without undergoing a mandatory vetting process.

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MDP meeting hall raided over protests planned for Saudi king’s visit

Police officers have also been searching boats in Faafu atoll. A ferry called Endheri was searched in the early hours of Thursday morning and police officers have also been cutting open boxes of goods being brought in by local businesses.

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Resignation of ports company head prompts reshuffle

Maldives Ports Limited CEO Mohamed Junaid resigned in the wake of a widely publicised feud with a ruling party lawmaker over a disputed fuel supply deal. He has been replaced by the former managing director of the state-owned Maldives Roads Development Corporation.

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Maldives seeks third term on UN Human Rights Council

Despite the foreign minister claiming successful consolidation of democracy, the curtailment of fundamental rights and the widely condemned imprisonment of opposition leaders during President Abdulla Yameen’s three-year administration has prompted fears of an “authoritarian reversal.”

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Raajje TV cameraman fined US$195 for obstructing police

Following the guilty verdicts and US$1,800 fines handed to Raajje TV journalists Mohamed Wisam and Leevan Ali Nasir last month, Adam Zareer becomes only the third journalist to be convicted in the Maldives in more than a decade.

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Police unable to protect Maldives’ oldest cemetery from vandalism

The police have decided to appeal a magistrate court order to protect a 900-year-old cemetery in the Meedhoo ward of Addu City after ancient tombstones were vandalised.

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Saudi embassy stirs controversy with cash handout to journalists

The Saudi Arabian embassy in Malé has stirred controversy after handing out envelopes with MVR500 (US$32) in cash to journalists who were invited to cover an event on Sunday.

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Arson suspected as fires destroy wetlands in Fuvahmulah

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.

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No corruption in use of state resources for rally marking Yameen’s third year in office

The ACC declared legal expenses from the state budget and forced attendance for civil servants because the rally was organised by the government and not the ruling party.

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Rilwan’s family goes to court for truth behind disappearance

The family filed a right to information request at the civil court asking its intervention to find out “the available facts of the events” that followed Rilwan’s abduction on August 8, 2014.

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