Maldives: Chamber of Commerce calls for ban on foreign journalists

President Abdulla Yameen faces uncertain times as his opponents plan to take him down. Photograph:( Getty )

WION New Delhi, India Aug 29, 2016, 08.05 AM (IST)
A business network in Maldives has urged President Abdulla Yameen to ban foreign journalists from working in the country, Maldives Independent reported.

The Maldives National Chamber of Commerce and Industries said “bias in coverage of the Maldives” was adversely affecting the economy and the tourism sector. 

”A ban would also increase opportunities for hardworking and young local journalists,” the group told the Maldivian website. 

“Therefore this organisation advices government authorities to ban foreign journalists from working long-term in the Maldives.” the MNCCI said in a statement on Thursday.

The proposal comes amid growing international attention on the Maldives’ protracted political crisis and corruption allegations against President Abdulla Yameen.

Recently, a Polish photographer and her husband were handed a 10-year entry ban and deported for filming without certain permits. 

According to the Maldives Independent, the department of immigration has since set new rules that demand background checks for foreign journalists who want to work in the Maldives.

The report also said that the economic minister had said last week that the government will not issue work visas to foreign photographers.