Authoritarianism and fundamentalism

Four years after the February 2012 coup d’état, the archipelago is still very hostile for independent and opposition media. In a state of emergency and “national security” climate, the media continue to be subjected to police brutality and government obstruction. Many Maldivian journalists have reported being the targets of death threats. According to a report published by the Maldives Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), political parties are the leading source of these threats to journalists, followed by criminal gangs and religious extremists. This poisonous climate reinforces self-censorship.

in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index



112 in 2015

Global score


34.32 in 2015

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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