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Rights watchdog probes police brutality against journalists

Local journalists protest against the defamation bill on July 26, 2016. MIHAARU FILE PHOTO/MOHAMED SHARUHAAN

Local journalists protest against the defamation bill on July 26, 2016. MIHAARU FILE PHOTO/MOHAMED SHARUHAAN

Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM) has begun investigating reports of police using excessive force on media journalists who were covering a protest last month.

According to an official from HRCM, the commission initiated the investigation on its own accord.

HRCM is looking into the reports of Police assaulting journalists and damaging their equipment during a protest that took place on Independence Day, July 26, in front of the main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s official party camp in capital Male.

During the protest, the police had arrested four journalists from local TV channel ‘Sangu TV’ and three journalists from ‘Raajje TV’ for obstructing law enforcement officers.

The arrested journalists alleged that they were wearing their press-cards and that the police had purposefully damaged their equipment before arresting them.

A video of a police officer assaulting a journalist was also leaked on social media.

They were released only after Maldives Media Council and other medias pressured the police to do so immediately.

MDP has also filed an official complaint against two police officers at the National Integrity Commission for using excessive force against journalists and damaging their equipment during the Independence Day protest.

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Source URL: Mihaaru-News

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