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"This administration will not influence PSM": President Solih

Nafaahath Ibrahim
29 December 2018, MVT 16:10
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at his first Press Conference. PHOTO: MIHAARU
Nafaahath Ibrahim
29 December 2018, MVT 16:10

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Saturday declared that his administration will not influence Public Service Media (PSM).

The president said this during a special interview given to local radio channel Dhivehi Raajjeyge Adu on their 56th anniversary.

In the interview, President Solih noted that he brought managerial changes to PSM since coming into power, and expressed hope that PSM's radio and tv will function as national media.

Assuring that there will be no influence from the government on PSM, he added that this administration has no reason to fear things broadcasted by media.

"Radio and Tv should function as a two-way channel. Information about governments projects should be revealed to people whether its the right thing or not. Media should also bring to peoples concerns about the government. Then only we will receive it." said President Solih.

He also stated information about politicians and those who are elected by the people should be accessible to the people.

In addition to this, the President stated that no journalist will be unjustly punished by this administration.

"By God's grace, we will make Maldives a place where democracy and freedom of media can peacefully exist," promised President Solih.

The former government was heavily criticized and accused of influencing PSM during their regime.

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