Maldives Government shuts down opposition-aligned RaajjeTV

The opposition-aligned RaajjeTV has stopped airing its regular broadcast over continued threats to the station and its staff.

In a statement published on Thursday, the RaajjeTV said it has received threats, including calls for violence against its staff and to burn down the station by a mob gathered in front of RaajjeTV but the Police have withdrawn security from the TV station.

RaajjeTV, the most viewed channel in the Maldives, said it began receiving threats following the Supreme Court ruling on 1 February to release nine political prisoners and reinstate 12 opposition MPs to parliament.

The threats and intimidation escalated after the government’s declaration of a state of emergency and the police have stopped protecting RaajjeTV while security is being provided to government-backed TV stations, it said.

The broadcast regulator, the Maldives Broadcasting Commission (MBC) has been taken over by the armed forces, which have turned to issuing warnings of action against the media in the name of protecting “national security.”

In the statement, RaajjeTV said it now has no choice but to suspend its regular services to ensure the safety and security of the station and its staff.

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