Indian journalist and another scribe ordered to leave Maldives


Maldives deported two foreign journalists, one of whom was an Indian national on Saturday. However, no legal action will be taken against them, the Maldives government said in a press release. The request comes after the Maldives Police Service handed over two visitors to Maldives Immigration for not having the proper visa while working as journalists in the in the island nation.

"We would like to note that although they have been asked to leave the Maldives, no other legal steps shall be taken against them", the police said.

The India's Foreign Ministry said on Friday that it had received information about an Indian national, Money Sharma, working as a journalist, was detained by the Maldivian authorities.

After a tense stand-off between President Yameen and the Maldives Supreme Court, Yameen had the Chief Justice and another judge arrested, and declared a national emergency for 15 days.

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Male, which has seen several political crises since the ouster of its first democratically-elected president Mohamed Nasheed in 2012, plunged into fresh chaos last Thursday when the Supreme Court ordered the release of nine imprisoned Opposition politicians, maintaining that their trials were "politically motivated and flawed". On the other hand, Maldivian opposition leaders have urged India to intervene in the crisis.

A pro-opposition television network in the Maldives shut down Friday following threats to its staff, as the government continued a clampdown on dissent that has sparked worldwide concern.

Amid the unrest, pro-Opposition Maldives broadcaster Raajje TV announced yesterday that it'd go off air owing to the lack of a "safe environment for its journalists". Find us on Facebook too!