Indian detained, TV channel blacked out
Two foreign journalists, including an Indian national, have been detained in the Maldives for working in the country in violation of its immigration rules, the Maldivian police said on Friday amid political turmoil in the island nation.
“Two journalists (a British national and an Indian national) have been handed over to @ImmigrationMV to take action against them for working in the Maldives against the Immigration Act and Regu-lations,” the Maldives Police tweeted, without naming them.
The action against the two journalists came as a privately-owned television station in the Maldives went off the air.
Rajje TV, which highlights views of the Opposition, said it stopped broadcasting because the country’s environment does not allow journalists to report freely and independently. “The broadcaster received threats from Government legislators and others,” said Opposition lawmaker Eva Abdulla.
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