Ministers, lawmakers and heads of state-owned companies are out campaigning in the Maldives far-flung atolls and signing up new members in the capital.
Three Raajje TV journalists, on trial for obstructing police officers, share their thoughts on journalism and describe why they continue to report despite the risk of jail.
Does Waheed’s biography live up to the promise of truth and accountability its title, Justice, offers?
Commonwealth membership brings a wide range of benefits, many of which the Maldives, to its credit, has taken full advantage of, writes James Dauris, British ambassador to the Maldives.
Shadiya Ibrahim, the UNFPA’s assistant representative hails the Maldives’ ground-breaking Gender Equality Act, but says affirmative action is necessary to bridge the gender gap in political life and the work-place
Faris Maumoon discusses plans to weaken his uncle, President Abdulla Yameen’s stranglehold on power, and shares his take on where it all went wrong, his father’s legacy and how he came to be involved in politics
The government’s green lighting of a reef blasting project shows the hypocrisy of the current government in dealing with environment and climate change, writes Ibrahim Mohamed, a former deputy director general at the EPA
“Fact is, The Real PPM is a thing that does not exist. At least not as a political party,” writes Azra Naseem
As the world marks the international day to end impunity for crimes against journalists, human rights groups have condemned the gap between the Maldives’ international advocacy on press freedom and its practices at home.
Shoko Noda, the UN resident coordinator to the Maldives, calls for the protection of marine life to be made the main focus of the country’s development plan
Former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom’s own creation—one of the most corrupt judiciaries in the world—has finally turned around and bit the hand of its Master, writes Azra Naseem.
“I share the suspicion of many that the subsidies had to go first so they can make a grand comeback,” writes Dr Azra Naseem. “In their next incarnation they will return as a powerful symbol of President Yameen’s Largesse.”
“At present, the lack of confidence in due process means that the risk of the execution of an innocent man or woman is greater than ever,” writes Paul Godfrey, Chargé d’Affaires of the European Union delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
Jeffrey Salim Waheed takes questions on why the Maldives has sponsored several UN resolutions on freedom of expression and assembly, and judicial independence, despite practising the opposite at home
As rumours of Yameen’s imminent ouster fizzle out and detainees languish in jail, Omkar Khandekar asks if the opposition coalition has failed in its bid to remove the embattled president and “restore democracy.”
To prosecute Gasim sends the message that protecting the privacy of individuals who engage in corruption on a grand scale is more important than protecting whistleblowers who expose their corruption, writes Transparency Maldives
Omkar Khandekar recounts the police raid on the Maldives Independent’s office in the wake of the much-anticipated release of Al Jazeera’s corruption exposé Stealing Paradise.