Blog: The Maldives backslides on press freedom

10 Jul

Maldivian riot police clash with supporters of ousted President Mohamed Nasheed in Male in March. (AFP)

CPJ has been watching the Maldives with concern since its
first democratically-elected President Mohamed Nasheed relinquished power in February
following what he describes as a military coup. New President Mohamed Waheed Hassan
says Nasheed’s resignation was voluntary and refuted
criticism that his rule marked a return to the ways of former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, a dictator notorious for jailing his
critics, according to CPJ research.  Yet press freedom is
deteriorating under Hassan with the rise of partisan political strife and
religious conservatism. 

from Committee to Protect Journalists

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