The Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned Prosecutor General Aishath Bisham’s decision to challenge the acquittal of Raajje TV journalist Mohamed Wisam, who was cleared of obstruction charges last month.
The prosecutor general lodged an appeal with the high court on April 5.
Calling on Bisam to drop the case against Wisam, CPJ Asia Programme Coordinator Steven Butler said: “The prosecutor general’s insistence on continuing this baseless case against Mohamed Wisam and Raajje TV is clearly intended to intimidate all journalists in the Maldives.
“Wisam was merely doing his job as a journalist, and should not be prosecuted.”
The 22-year-old was acquitted on March 28, after the criminal court ruled there was insufficient evidence to support the claim that Wisam had scaled barricades during an anti-government protest in March 2015 and obstructed police officers.
Raajje TV called the appeal decision was “embarrassing” and “unbelievable”.
Wisam and other Raajje TV journalists have faced multiple charges in recent months.
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