State broadcaster takes down article criticising Gayoom, reports Maldives Independent
According to Maldives Independent, PSM had cited unnamed media reports and alleged that Gayoom was in talks with the opposition ?to ensure he is given the title of Maldives? supreme leader and to facilitate his son?s rise to power.? (Wikipedia) Photograph: (Others)
The Maldives state broadcaster, Public Service Media, (PSM) has taken down an article accusing former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom of being anti-Islamic, the Maldives Independent reported today.
“PSM triggered a storm of criticism as it posted the article, just a day after the ruling Progressive Party of the Maldives approved a widely condemned law criminalisng defamation.” Maldives Independent wrote.
Gayoom had earlier appealed to MPs to reject the bill.
In the spirit of our Constitution which is in line with Islamic principles I appeal to all MPs to reject the current bill on defamation.— Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (@maumoonagayoom) August 8, 2016
The current President Abdula Yameen is the former president's half-brother and the two are fighting for the control of Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM).
Gayoom had taken to microblogging site Twitter after the law was passed.
Integrity and courage are crucial for success in all political endeavours. If we allow fear to restrict our actions we will never deliver.— Maumoon Abdul Gayoom (@maumoonagayoom) August 10, 2016
Maldives Independent reported that PSM, in its online article, interpreted Gayoom’s tweet as “support for what it calls the secular policies of exiled former president Mohamed Nasheed".
“President Maumoon’s sudden change of stance, in line with Nasheed’s, and encouragement of fun without fear came as a surprise to many. This raises questions over what the nearly 80-year old Maumoon may say next,” a broadcast of the report aired on PSM’s Television Maldives said. “We are now starting to believe that Maumoon, like Nasheed did, will start advocating in his tweets for Maldivians to behave like white people, to back-bite and criticise, and not to stay sober all the time.”
According to Maldives Independent, PSM had cited unnamed media reports and alleged that Gayoom was in talks with the opposition “to ensure he is given the title of Maldives’ supreme leader and to facilitate his son’s rise to power.”
“The state broadcaster is 38 years old. I have never seen such a deplorable article on TVM yet,” wrote Hussain Hussain, a Sun Online journalist and member of print and online media regulator. “What will be the result of stoking the fire of hate that burns here?”