RaajjeTV journalist in Sri Lanka for injury treatment

RaajjeTV journalist in Sri Lanka for injury treatment
February 19 10:08 2018

A RaajjeTV journalist is being treated at a Colombo hospital for injuries sustained at the hands of Maldives police while covering an opposition protest.

Hussan Hussain boarded a plane to Sri Lanka on Sunday evening. Police tried to stop him from leaving but failed as he had already passed through the boarding gate.

Police later denied these reports, despite eyewitnesses accounts and video footage of officers near the gate.

“Hassan had sustained internal injuries and had to be taken to Sri Lanka for treatment to make sure that he received proper treatment,” RaajjeTV COO Hussain Fiyaz Moosa told the Maldives Independent.

Hussain was among 20 journalists taken to hospital as a result of police force at the Friday protest.

“Doctors are saying that bruises on his body show that Hassan was beaten on the chest, there’s small cuts all over his body too. We don’t know if it was animals or humans who attacked him,” Fiyaz told the Maldives Independent at the time.

“I thank almighty Allah who made me survive through this oppression. And thanks to all the people who stood with me in this difficult time. And to those who prayed for me,” Hussain tweeted after reaching Colombo.

Photo: RaajjeTV

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  1. Michael Fahmy
    February 20, 16:10 #1 Michael Fahmy

    Maldivian Police have a tradition and culture of behaving like this. The Army is the same. The supreme ruler (king, prime minister or president: at the moment president Yameen) has absolute powers over his humble subjects and institutions of state (independent institutions as they are called).

    A good citizen of Maldives believes in the powers of God Almighty (of Islam) and he/she also believes that the earthly ruler is the lawful representative of this Almighty on earth.

    So the Maldivian President (now Yameen) is divinely inspired and he must be obeyed unconditionally.

    Heaven help those who dissent, disagree and disobey.

    This journalist is very lucky to escape the long arms of the Maldivian Police who implement the Maldivian laws, customs and traditions.

    There is no escaping the fact that the President is Maldives itself. In other words, HE is the State. He is a despot.

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    • synergy
      February 23, 02:53 synergy

      Dear Michael,

      I have been reading your comments, and I must say I appreciate the lack of vitriol. Thank you for reasoned and reasonable input.

      I lived in the Maldives for two years, 2012-2014. I enjoyed my time, much of it underwater, some of it with a few local friends. The Maldives can be beautiful.

      But it also has a dark side, and a not insignificant dose of culture shock. Fifty years ago the Maldives was a very different place. i did not know it or live it, but from my perspective it sounds almost feudal. Island chiefs receiving largess from Male, some (locally) large scale shipping companies amassing profits and power, banishment was a realistic punishment, and people quietly lived their Muslim (previously Hindu) faith, built boats, did laquerwork, raised families, lived, a fairly isolated island life. Fish in the sea, and fruit from the trees. add greens, and life is good.

      However, reality is insistent! I suggest that the next 20 island resort projects be incorporated with a significant university involvement in each individual resort. Consider the Cornell University of Hospitality training Maldivian youth, or the Cordon Blue establishing a resort to train chefs, or MIT doing a start-up to host geeks!

      Give youth, in Male, in their home atolls, an opportunity to bring growth and change to the Maldives writ large.

      The Maldives is/are an amazing place, smack in the middle of nowhere and everywhere.

      It is time to become active, to tell people what you believe, to adhere to your faith (not just your religion), and to grasp citizenship in a 21st century country.

      i wish you all the best,


      There were sailoboats, of many shapes and sizes, there were sweetwater islands, there was very little waste. Now there is diesel, and desal, and reefs choked by waste and destruction.

      Your culture is still based in despotism and oligarchy. Your current reality is far different. the majority of your population is young. This is the new normal. I believe it is time for the Maldives, and it’s people to acknowledge and incorporate that shift.

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    • synergy
      February 23, 03:09 synergy

      Been there, done that.
      does my original post get through?

      Love to you all,


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