Malé, Maldives - A journalist from Avas News was arrested by the Maldives Police Service while covering an opposition demonstration in Malé last night. The Maldives Journalist Association (MJA) strongly condemned the arrest and expressed deep concern over the constant harassment and mistreatment of journalists by the police.
In a series of tweets, MJA urged the Maldives Police Service and the Maldivian government to ensure adequate security for journalists covering protests. The association highlighted a worrying trend of increased media rights violations this year, with 8 cases reported so far.
"Journalists covering the protests are constantly being harassed, tortured by the @PoliceMv," MJA tweeted, calling for an immediate end to such actions.
The Maldives has witnessed a significant rise in media rights violations in recent times, raising concerns among press freedom advocates and human rights organizations. The MJA urged the government and law enforcement agencies to protect journalists and create a safer environment for them to carry out their duties without fear.
The opposition demonstration last night was one of many recent protests in the Maldives, as citizens voice their discontent with various government policies and actions. The role of journalists in covering these events is crucial in ensuring transparency, holding authorities accountable, and informing the public.