Violence Against Journalism

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Undoubtedly, the brutal arsonist attack on RaajjeTelevision is one of the most frightening incidents to have occurred in recent Maldivian history.

It was the baring ringtones of their phones and the sharp shriek of a fire truck siren slicing through the air that RaajjeTV staff woke to that Monday morning.

The air smelt of burning plastic and iron was the only thing that remained of the expensive broadcast and transmission equipment used by the station.

The story unravels now as the picture shows that this brutal act of arson carried out through the uninterested youth.

While the vicious attack had destroyed other offices and their stock in the same building as the fire and smoke spread through the pipes the building has been rendered unfit for use.

The Maldives Police Service had early on in the investigation revealed that this wasn’t simply an act of arson but an act of organized crime backed by underhand. And the names of these criminal organizers have echoed from ear to ear as whispers to the point that it has become an open secret.

Now what thousands of people are waiting for is for the Maldives Police Service to officially identify the perpetrators. Though they claim that they’re using every resource available to them, the MPS is yet to single out any one perpetrator.
There hasn’t been a day since the controversial transfer of power on 7th February, 2012, where the RaajjeTV staff went without a threat of being assaulted.

Despite being owned by Maldivian citizens, run by Maldivian citizens and greatly supported by Maldivian citizens, this station has faced constant prejudice and discrimination from the Maldivian authorities.

RaajjeTV has been stripped of the constitutional rights that those in Office now so readily give to those that support them. The station has had to fight for their rights as an independent news outlet at…...

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