Maldives: Government shuts down blog in climate of growing religious intolerance
25 Nov 11

The Maldivan government has ordered a ban on the blog of a freelance writer on the grounds it contained anti-Islamic material. The blog (, run by independent journalist Ismail Khilath “Hilath” Rasheed, has been banned by the Communications Authority, and is said to be highly critical of religious fundamentalism. The blogger believes his site has been targeted because he is a Sufi Muslim. Rasheed plans to bring his case to court, as a website shut by the government can only be reopened by a court order.