President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has announced the decision to amend the Evidence Act, which was ratified in July, in order to address the concerns of journalists. He made the remark at the first annual Maldives Broadcast Award 2022 organised by the Maldives Broadcasting Commission (Broadcom).
Speaking at the ceremony, President Solih stated there were concerns from journalists about the amendments that were brought to section 136 (b) of the Evidence Act, and that he has met with journalists to discuss their concerns. He said the administration would address these concerns as it had previously by repealing the Defamation and Freedom of Speech Act which curtailed press freedom.
In his speech, President Solih spoke about the history of broadcasting in the Maldives and the benefits that television and radio broadcasting had brought to society. He also presented lifetime achievement awards to Ibrahim Manik and the late Zahidha Ibrahim. The two notable figures made significant contributions to raising awareness about various issues throughout the Maldives.
In conclusion, President Solih appealed to all journalists to practice journalism responsibly and to uphold ethical standards. He also emphasised the importance of providing journalists with opportunities for capacity building and skill development, highlighting the role of Broadcom and the Maldives Media Council (MMC) in facilitating such opportunities. He added the administration would support such efforts.