Category : Maldives

Maldives must pursue murderers of journalists

alt informationIndex on Censorship calls on the Maldivian authorities to step up their investigation and pursue the individuals behind the murders of the journalist Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla and blogger Yameen Rasheed.

Press freedom in Maldives: “I honestly think it is too soon for anyone to relax”

alt informationAfter five years the president of the Maldives may be on his way out -- but no one is celebrating yet.

Do crime writers tell us more truths than travel writers?

alt informationCrime writers have less to lose than travel writers in describing the underside of holiday spots, argues Rachael Jolley.

Annual appeal: “We no longer feel so alone”

alt informationSilence is the oppressor’s friend. Harassing those who speak out against corruption and injustice – like this year’s Freedom of Expression Awards Fellows Maldives Independent

Maldives: Killing of Yameen Rasheed underscores urgent need for reform

alt informationWe call on the government to take all necessary measures to ensure that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to justice

Maldives: Prominent blogger and internet activist stabbed to death

alt informationIndex on Censorship strongly condemns the killing of Maldives blogger Yameen Rasheed.

Zaheena Rasheed, Maldives Independent: “This award feels like a lifeline”

alt informationThe 2017 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Journalism Award-winning Maldives Independent acceptance speech.

Contents: The big squeeze

alt informationSpring 2017 contributors include Richard Sambrook, Dominic Grieve, Roger Law, Karim Miské, Mark Frary and Canan Coşkun

Global heroes battling censorship announced in Index Freedom of Expression Awards shortlist

alt informationSixteen courageous individuals and organisations who fight for freedom of expression in every part of the world

Maldives: Journalist stabbed

alt informationA prominent journalist in the Maldives is in a critical condition in hospital after being stabbed in the neck. Ismail “Hilath” Rasheed had his throat slit by an attacker on Monday evening, with the knife missing a vital artery by millimetres. In November, the journalist’s blog was blocked by the communication authority in the Maldives, who claimed […]

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

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 […]

20th Anniversary: Reign of terror

alt informationIn this issue, editor-in-chief of Sarajevo TV in Bosnia fled after an assassination attempt, she speaks on situations facing war-torn Bosnia journalists.