Vnews senior editor Ahmed Rifau was summoned for questioning at the police headquarters Saturday night over a headline about the arrest of a senior opposition figure.
The police contended that the headline, ‘Adam Azim arrested on charges of trying to topple the government,’ misrepresented the content of the arrest warrant. Azim was accused of speaking in a manner that encouraged the illegal overthrow of the government and of undermining public trust and inciting hatred toward the judiciary.
“I told the officers that the charges on the court warrant cannot be quoted word by word in the headline. I said if I was trying to mislead, I would not have quoted what was said in the court warrant in the article,” Rifau told the Maldives Independent.
The journalist was questioned for about half an hour. The police spokesman declined to comment on Rifau’s interrogation, citing an ongoing investigation.
Rifau said the police told him he was accused of committing an offence specified in section 310 of the penal code, which deals with forgery and fraudulent practices. The police refused to explain the specific offence.
He stressed that the investigating officers treated him fairly.
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Source URL: Maldives Independent