Encouraging results, promises to keep

The government led by Abdulla Yameen, who was elected president in 2013, was very hostile to press freedom and Maldives fell steadily in the World Press Freedom Index, from 103rd in 2013 to 120th in 2018. His defeat by challenger Mohamed Solih in the presidential election in September 2018 raised hopes because Solih had given some specific pledges on improving press freedom. An initial promise was kept: two months after the elections, parliament repealed the draconian 2016 law on defamation, which had been widely used by the previous government to harass independent media outlets, especially Raajje TV, which had to pay a total of 215,000 euros in fines for allegedly defaming Yameen. The police continue to use physical violence against journalists covering demonstrations but there has been some encouraging progress in the fight against impunity. The investigations into the disappearance of the journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla in August 2014 and the fatal stabbing of the blogger Yameen Rasheed in April 2017 have advanced significantly even though they have yet to reach a satisfactory

in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index



79 in 2020

Global score


29.93 in 2020

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2021
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2021
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