Perfectly legal to broadcast interviews of asylee opposition leaders: Ex-AG Dhiyana

  • The former attorney general said the Broadcasting Commission and the Home Ministry should ‘not confuse fantasy with law’
  • The commission’s decision has been decribed as a deliberate attempt to hinder the Joint Opposition’s political activities
  • She said it is 'perfectly legal' to broadcast interviews of asylee opposition leaders Mohamed Nasheed and Qasim Ibrahim

K. Male' | Shan Anees | 30-May-2018 | Wednesday 09:29 | twitter | Local | 336

Ex-AG Dhiyana Saeed -- Photo by: Avas

There are no legal barriers for the press in broadcasting interviews of and messages of individuals serving criminal sentences, says former attorney general Dhiyana Saeed.

Saeed said this following the Maldives Broadcasting Commission’s decision on Tuesday to penalize media outlets that do broadcast such content.

The commission made the decision claiming that convicts do not have the right to participate in political activities nor do they the right to carry out the conduct of their profession.  

Dhiyana, who was also the former secretary general of SAARC, responded in a post on her Twitter account, saying that the Broadcasting Commission and the Home Ministry should ‘not confuse fantasy with law’.

The commission’s decision has been decribed as a deliberate attempt to hinder the Joint Opposition’s political activities ahead of the presidential elections this year.

Both former president Mohamed Nasheed and MP Qasim Ibrahim are in self-exile after having been sentenced to jail terms on charges decribed as politically motivated.



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