Maldives Police Crack up Media Protest, Arrests Journalists

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 2:30 PM

Journalists protested Sun against a government move to criminalize defamation and other measures allegedly taken against the media. President Yameen Abdul Gayoom'south ruling party has presented a defamation bill in parliament that proposes heavy fines and jail terms for defamation.

Police in the Maldives have arrested sixteen journalists after breaking up a media demonstration close the president'south office accusing the government of stifling press freedom.

Journalists protested Sun against a government move to criminalize defamation and other measures allegedly taken against the media. President Yameen Abdul Gayoom'south ruling party has presented a defamation bill in parliament that proposes heavy fines and jail terms for defamation.

Police used pepper spray to scatter the protesters and made the arrests.

Police or government officials couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

The Maldives, a S Asian archipelago nation known mainly for its luxury resorts, became a multiparty democracy in two thousand-eighth after decades of autocratic rule. However, democratic gains have been rapidly declining in recent years.

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