POST TIME: 10 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Pro-opposition broadcaster shuts over threats

Pro-opposition broadcaster shuts over threats

MALE: A pro-opposition television network in the Maldives shut down yesterday following threats to its staff, as the government continued a clampdown on dissent that has sparked international concern, reports AFP. Raajje TV said threats to its employees over their reporting on the political crisis in the picturesque Indian Ocean archipelago had forced it to suspend broadcasts. “The broadcaster received threats from government legislators and others,” said opposition lawmaker Eva Abdulla.

The Maldives was plunged into crisis this week when President Abdulla Yameen declared a state of emergency and ordered the arrest of judges who had ordered the release of his political opponents. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged Yameen to lift the state of emergency while UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has described Yameen’s actions as “an all-out assault on democracy.”