The Foreign Ministry has pleaded to local media not to compromise diplomatic relations with other countries.
The Foreign Ministry made the plea as the Indian High Commission in the Maldives requested the ministry to take action against local media that publish biased content which attacks the Indian government.
A statement released by the Foreign Ministry on Friday read that some content recently published by local media have viciously targeted foreign ambassadors to the Maldives, diplomatic missions, and other members of the missions, and that such biased attacks affect the reputation and dignity of those individuals. Moreover, such attacks will affect the age-old relationships the Maldives enjoys with its bilateral partners and will create unjust hatred in the hearts of Maldivian citizens towards its diplomatic partners. It will also compromise the security of the diplomats and put them at risk, while also affecting their genuine performance and efficiency.
The statement referenced article 29 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which states that the receiving state of any diplomatic state must treat the agent with due respect, and take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on the person, freedom, and dignity. Therefore, all media are encouraged to work within the boundaries set by the international Convention that does not compromise diplomatic relations.
The opposition PPM-PNC has been vocal about the favoritism employed by the government towards India in its foreign diplomatic mission as the controversy surrounding the Uthuru Thila Falhu agreement lingers on.