Persecuting independent and opposition media

Five years after the February 2012 coup d’état, the government continues to persecute the independent media. In August 2016, Parliament passed a new law criminalizing defamation and allowing the authorities to close media outlets for “defamatory” content. Many Maldivian journalists say they have been the targets of death threats. According to a report 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. Refusal by the authorities to investigate journalist Ahmed Rilwan’s disappearance in 2014 speaks to the climate of violence and impunity in which journalists operate.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



112 in 2016

Global score


34.17 in 2016

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    journalists killed in 2018
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    citizens journalists killed in 2018
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    media assistants killed in 2018
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