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A tribute to Yameen Rasheed – and a call for justice and accountability

Police Chief Ahmed Areef must accept an independent international investigation or resign as he is ultimately responsible for the failure to protect Yameen despite numerous death threats, writes Jared Genser.

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‘Next is you’: More death threats follow blogger’s murder

Prominent clerics accused of justifying the killing of ‘apostates’ as death threats mount in the wake of blogger Yameen Rasheed’s murder.

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Investor’s woes in the Maldives

A history of abruptly terminating contracts with foreign companies does not bode well for the foreign investment climate in the Maldives, writes a Maldives Independent reader.

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Police release photos of Yameen murder suspects

The Maldives police have released photos of two men they suspect to be involved in the brutal murder of outspoken blogger Yameen Rasheed, but did not name them.

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Four arrested over ‘terror plot’

Four men were arrested on Monday during a series of police raids in Male over an intelligence tip off over a suspected terror plot, according to court documents and local media reports.

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Yameen Rasheed’s parents ask for international investigators in murder probe

The police investigation will only be deemed credible if it includes investigators from reputable international organisations, Yameen’s parents said.

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Yameen Rasheed, blogger and activist, stabbed to death

He was found with multiple stab wounds in the stairway of his apartment building in Malé at 3am on Sunday, and died soon after he was taken to the hospital.

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Maldives Independent wins free speech award

The Maldives Independent and its former editor Zaheena Rasheed have been named the winners of Index on Censorship’s 2017 Freedom of Expression Journalism Award.

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CPJ condemns prosecutor general over case against Raajje TV journalist

“The prosecutor general’s insistence on continuing this baseless case against Mohamed Wisam and Raajje TV is clearly intended to intimidate all journalists in the Maldives,” the CPJ said.

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Gayoom staffer on trial for contempt

Abdul Aleem is accused of contravening the civil court ruling that put Yameen in control of the PPM, by setting up a rival secretariat and expelling lawmakers loyal to the president.

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US, EU and Canada condemn fresh crackdown on Maldives opposition

In a joint statement, the US, EU and Canada said urged the government to let the opposition conduct its activities without fear of intimidation or incarceration.

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‘No evidence’ Gasim bribed lawmakers, say lawyers

Gasim Ibrahim has been remanded for six days by the criminal court on charges of bribery as international concern grew of the opposition lawmaker’s arrest.

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Gasim arrested for bribery

The police said Gasim, who is facing trial on bribery charges, may tamper with evidence if he remained free.

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Schools forced shut in Malé as parents keep children at home over flu outbreak

All schools in capital city Malé have been shut once again after parents refused to send their children to school amid widespread panic over a flu outbreak that has claimed six lives

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Gender equality, a game changer for nature

Aban Marker Kabraji, Asia Regional Director of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, writes about the importance of gender equality in effective natural resource management.

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Police searching for Hulhumalé gang rape suspects

The police are searching for suspects in the alleged gang rape of a 27-year-old woman in the non-residential, industrial area of Hulhumalé, an urban centre under development near Malé.

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“I did it for my job”: government employees say they were forced to join PPM

“Our manager said that our signatures are needed for the sake of his job and ours,” an employee at STO said. Some signed up voluntarily, in the hope for getting jobs for family members.

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