Maldives Journalist Association (MJA) has criticised the government’s unwillingness to safeguard freedom of press in the Maldives.
MJA released a statement on Monday following the ratification of the Evidence Act which now legalises source disclosure if mandated by a court.
MJA highlighted that the amendment to the Evidence Law includes an exception which undermines the constitutional provisions which guarantee freedom of press. MJA added that the government has been unwilling to discuss concerns over the amendment that mandates source disclosure, and that it shows the administration is unwilling to safeguard freedom of press and right to information in the Maldives.
Over 150 journalists signed a petition against the amendment and submitted it to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, asking authorities to reconsider the amendment. However, President Solih on Monday ratified the amendment despite protests from journalists. MJA statement said the ratification narrows constitutional rights of freedom of speech and right to information.