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'Journos acted in manner of illegal protesters', claim police

Nafaahath Ibrahim
17 February 2018, MVT 21:54
Sangu TV camera man suffers injuries. PHOTO/HUSSAIN WAHEED/MIHAARU
Nafaahath Ibrahim
17 February 2018, MVT 21:54

Maldives Police Service responded to reports of police brutality against journalists covering the opposition rally on Friday.

The press statement by the police said that the opposition had rallied unlawfully, claiming some journalists were behaving in the same manner as protesters.

The police accused some media outlets of spreading “false information” intended to mislead people, asking them to follow guidelines as required and to behave more professionally.

Their statement further highlighted that the freedom to assemble is suspended during the state of emergency period.

However, the ruling party Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM), have had several gatherings with security provided by the police after the state of emergency was declared.

Several journalists, including RajjeTV's Hussain Hassan who was admitted at ADK Hospital for treatment, suffered injuries at the rally.

The police continue to face harsh criticism for their actions since the rally last night.

 

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