The Maldives Media Council (MMC) has denounced police violence and the use of excessive force against journalists covering last night’s opposition rally.
Multiple media outlets have provided photographic, video evidence, and testimony suggesting excessive use of force resulting in injuries to journalists covering the demonstration yesterday night, according to a statement published by the MMC on Monday.
The MMC emphasised that no party has the authority to damage or prevent journalists from carrying out their professional duties.
The Council also demanded that the appropriate authorities examine yesterday night’s police violence, since it is their constitutional obligation to protect and establish a safe environment for journalists.
It also urged journalists to follow police instructions when covering protests and to have their media passes on them at all times, in addition to the Maldives Broadcasting Commission’s permits.
The opposition demonstration was planned in response to concerns that have arisen in recent days from the state-run children’s shelter Fiyavathi.