RaajjeTV journalists stage silent protest in MMC awards night

  • Third fine for the station
  • Fined by MVR 1 million

K. Male' | Rushdha Rasheed | 12-October-2017 | Thursday 00:38 | rushdhar | Local | 1,126

Journalists stage silent protest at MMC awards -- Photo by: Rizna Zareer

RaajjeTV has staged a silent protest in the awards ceremony held by Maldives Media Council (MMC), calling for the resignation of members of the Maldives Broadcasting Commission (MBC).

The silent protest was carried out, calling out on the unfairness and bias of the Commission in penalizing the station.

The fund box opened in response to the MBC fund was placed in the protest as well.

The station was fined by MVR 500,000 or US$ 32,425.4.

In a letter sent to RaajjeTV Chief Operating Officer Hussain Fiyaz Moosa, the Commission said RaajjeTV was penalized for broadcasting a statement made by Thimarafushi Constituency MP Mohamed Musthafa on July 28th during a live program.

The letter said that MP Musthafa had on the program, spoken in a manner that encouraged to overthrow the current Government, encourage to carry out an illegal act, encourage a loss to the legal government and encouraged action that negatively impacted on national security and the safety and security of the elected President of the Maldives. The fine, the letter said, was levied after investigating the case.                                                                           

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