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MBC calls for journalist's safety and for journalists to act within regulations

Lamya Abdulla
08 February 2023, MVT 09:17
Police in rioting gear controlling the crowd gathered in protest of the presidential address given by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Monday, February 7, 2023: MBC has called for journalists' safety as two journalists covering the protest yesterday were injured -- Photo: Fayaz Moosa / Mihaaru
Lamya Abdulla
08 February 2023, MVT 09:17

The Maldives Broadcasting Commission (MBC) has urged authorities to ensure the safety and protection of journalists.

The MBC noted in a statement that some journalists were injured on Monday when police tried to disrupt a rally held during the parliament's opening this year.

The commission further expressed concern over some of the people at the gathering preventing journalists on scene from carrying out their duties. According to the statement, they are monitoring these activities with a special focus on new developments, and they are working with stakeholders to find a permanent solution to this issue.

"We appeal to all stakeholders to remove the various barriers faced by journalists involved in covering rallies and protests and ensure safety and security by creating a conducive environment for journalists to perform their duties," the statement said.

"Journalists and media personnel involved in covering rallies and protests are advised to act within the law, regulations, and journalistic discipline and follow the instructions of the authorities."

The commission has also advised those covering rallies and demonstrations to keep the "accreditation card" issued by the commission while on scene.

Two journalists from Channel 13 were injured while they were on scene to cover the Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) and People's National Congress (PNC) protest held prior to the presidential address given by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. One of the journalists has been taken to Sri Lanka for further treatment after his condition deteriorated.

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