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MJA report: President Solih’s administration fails to bring justice for any of the threats made against journalists – 74% have no confidence.

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The Maldives Journalists Association has published a report on the impunity on the crimes against journalists in the Maldives. According to the report, 74% of the in the Maldives believe that the current administration is not tackling and ensuring justice for crimes against journalists. Moreover, 83% of those journalists think that impunity for crimes against journalists is a major problem for the country.

The report published on August 2021, also stated that 69% of journalists believe that the current administration has failed at protecting journalists.

This trend of government negligence in protecting the rights of the journalists is reflected on their opinion on the state media regulatory bodies. 70% of journalist think that the “Maldives Media Council” is ineffective in tackling obstacles for freedom of press in the Maldives while 79% of journalists have the same opinion on the Maldives Broadcasting Commission.

The report also showed a concerning level of distrust in the current administrations ability to carry out policing work and ensuring justice for journalists. According to the report, 84% of the journalists have no trust in the government in investigating crimes against journalists and ensuring justice. 74% of journalists believe that the government does not take attacks on female journalists “seriously”.

Moreover, 71% of the journalists in Maldives does not believe that the government is protecting the right to freedom of expression through law and policy.

The report also highlighted the current administrations influence and control over the press. The report stated that 39% of journalists stated that they were denied access to government events, traditionally open to the press. An additional 35% stated that they were ordered to retract or not publish information under threat of punishment. Majority of the journalists who participated in the study reported, according to MJA that they faced online and offline threats under the current administration.

The report also stated that 41% of Maldivian journalists believe that the Maldives Police Service will not investigate crimes against journalists while another 33% believe that even if the crimes are investigated, the perpetrators would not be brought to justice. This would mean that 74% of the journalist does not believe that the Maldives Police Service is capable of ensuring justice for journalists.

The report also revealed that of all the crimes against journalists reported to the police under President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s administration, none of the perpetrators have been brought to justice for online or offline threats against journalists.

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Professor Ugail has said that the Hiyaa Flats must be given at affordable rates.

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Professor Ugail has expressed discontent with that raise in the prices of the Hiyaa Flats which was constructed under the presidency of Former President Yaameen Abdul Gayyoom.

In a recent tweet, professor Ugail has said that the Maldivian citizens shouldn’t be caught in between a competitive rally between the former and current governments. He has further said that the flats must be given out at the rates which were set during the Hiyaa Flat project planning. The flats should be given to the citizens with the required facilities, with safety in place and affordable rates.

 

Starting July 14th, the keys of the 7000 Hiyaa Flats are being handed out. To this point, 5519 people have signed the agreement to take ownership of the flats. The current government has decided that the monthly rate of the flats would be 7500 Maldivian rufiyaa. An additional 1000 rufiyaa will be taken as a management fee as well. This is 3000 rufiyaa more than what was decided during Former President Yaameen Abdul Qayoom’s term.

Hiyaa Flat Union has requested the government and HDC to lower the monthly rates of the flat. However, they have been repeatedly let down by saying that the rates cannot be decreased.

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“284 thousand foreigners have jobs in Maldives” – Economic minister.

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Economic minister Fayaz Ismail has stated that there are 284 thousand foreigners in Maldivian jobs.

Speaking at the Parliament regarding the number of foreigners in the Maldives, Fayaz Ismail noted that, from the statistics collected by the economic ministry there are 281000 foreigners live in the Maldives, of which 63754 hail from Bangladesh.

Minister Fayaz noted that including last year and this year, a total of 3000 foreigners have left their jobs and gone back to their country and that from 2019-2021 the government had released 11113 permits to bring Bangladesh workers to the Maldives. A number of Parliament members had shared their concerns regarding the increase in Bangladesh workers in the Maldives.

In the three years of this government, there have been countless jobs given to Indians. Minister Fayaz had not publicized the number of jobs that the government has given to Indians in the past three years.

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Discussions about advertising Maldivian guest houses in India by an Indian ambassador.

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Indians appointed ambassador for Maldives Sanjay Sudhir and Guest House Association of Maldives (GAM) discussed about advertising Maldivian guest houses in India to bring in more tourists.

Vice president of GAM Abdul Sameeu stated that in the discussions held in the Indian embassy in the Maldives, the ambassador had stated that they will give their support in advertising Maldivian guest houses to tourists in order to help GAM in their efforts. They had further stated that they will meet with Indian agents and guest house owners and discuss about this and help with the branding of GAM, as well as giving training to Maldivian guest houses room boys to managerial positions from Indian Institutes.

Abdul Sameeu further stated that there were discussions to get the support of the Indian high commission to collaborate on fairs and expos held there. Under GAM’s branding, there will be expos, fairs, award ceremonies, magazines, and a website. Abdul Sameeu informed that the Indian ambassador had stated that the Indian high commission will be giving their support for these endeavors.

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