Maldives Broadcasting Commission has fined local television channel Raajje TV with MVR 1 million for broadcasting defamatory comments against President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
The content is said to have been broadcast live last October at a rally held at main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s main hub. This is the first time that a news agency has been fined with such a large amount.
The verdict issued by Broadcasting Commission states that Raajje TV has admitted that they broadcast the content which contained heavy defamatory comments towards President Yameen which incites doubt towards his responsibilities and prestige. Hence, the commission declared that the content was against the Defamation and Freedom of Speech Act.
However, the Broadcasting Commission did not specify to which dialogue the case refer to.
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Source URL: Mihaaru-News