PPM condemns harassment of Channel 13 reporter

PPM condemns harassment of Channel 13 reporter
March 03 16:33 2018

The ruling party has condemned the harassment of a Channel 13 journalist during the pro-government TV station’s live coverage of Friday’s opposition protest.

Footage shows irate protesters yell into Aminath Layal’s microphone and chant for President Abdulla Yameen’s resignation as she accuses them of obstructing press freedom. Protesters also sparred with a male Channel 13 employee who was filming them up close on his phone.

“We call on behalf of this party for the opposition to immediately stop illegal actions on the streets of Malé that cause disruption for citizens and especially the harassment of those engaged in the field of independent journalism and to allow space for press freedom,” the Progressive Party of Maldives said in a statement.

Opposition-aligned stations and staff have also condemned the incident while some opposition supporters argued on social media that the reporter provoked protesters.

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