President-Elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih proclaimed on Thursday that he has long dreamed of establishing freedom of media in the Maldives.
The former Television Maldives (TVM) producer Solih, while visiting the station and its employees, stated that he has personally experienced the dangerous phase in which journalism currently exists, and that he wishes for an opportunity to establish media freedom in the country.
The President-Elect had worked at TVM from 1984 till 1989.
Solih stated that it was evident that journalism became independent with the ratification of the new constitution in 2008, but expressed that media freedom has since declined and exists in a much more vulnerable state than before.
Freedom of the press is one of the President-Elect’s pledges, including the nullification of the reforms brought by President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom to hinder an independent media.
Solih highlighted that local media ‘Raajje TV’ as having faced many challenges, and congratulated its employees.
The long-serving parliamentarian also congratulated the reporters involved in the coverage of his campaign trail, and had sat down with the reporters on Friday.