Journalists targeted in crackdown on pro-democracy opposition

first_img Receive email alerts News RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates Reporters Without Borders voiced great concern today about a wave of press freedom violations in recent weeks in the Maldives that culminated in the arrests of several journalists and the closure of the only opposition publication after Mohamed Nasheed, the leader of the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), was detained on 12 August. Follow the news on Maldives Organisation July 15, 2020 Find out more News to go further RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers News MaldivesAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist MaldivesAsia – Pacific News RSF_en August 17, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists targeted in crackdown on pro-democracy opposition September 12, 2018 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced great concern today about a wave of press freedom violations in recent weeks in the Maldives that culminated in the arrests of several journalists and the closure of the only opposition publication after Mohamed Nasheed, the leader of the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), was detained on 12 August.”This crackdown on pro-democracy journalists must stop at once,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call on the Maldivian authorities to release the imprisoned journalists and to put an end to their tyrannical control of the press.”Ibrahim Rasheed, the managing director of the weekly Adduvas, has been imprisoned since 14 August. A journalist with the daily Aafathif who was arrested on 1 August is reportedly still being held in secret.Jennifer Latheef, a young documentary film-maker and free expression activist, was arrested on 12 August and freed the next day. The daughter of pro-democracy journalist Mohamed Latheef, who lives in exile, she is subject to daily threats from the government. Masked police have forced their way into her home on several occasions, insulting and threatening her.Minivan news, an opposition online newspaper that had been allowed to produce a print edition in the Maldives since 26 July, has ceased to appear. Under pressure from government thugs, the printer has refused to work with the newspaper any more. At the same time, the authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of its editor, Aminath Najeeb.The police are also looking for Firshan Zahir, who often acts as cameraman and who filmed the opposition leader’s arrest on 12 August. Some 15 masked policemen have been taking up position outside his house at around 3 a.m. for the past several days. April 23, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

No Political Leader Under House Arrest: Article 370 Revocation Brought Socio-Economic Development In UT Of J&K, Centre Tells Lok Sabha

first_imgNews UpdatesNo Political Leader Under House Arrest: Article 370 Revocation Brought Socio-Economic Development In UT Of J&K, Centre Tells Lok Sabha LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK15 Sep 2020 9:00 AMShare This – x”All the rights enshrined in the Constitution of India and benefits of all the Central Laws that were being enjoyed by other citizens of the country are now available to the people of Jammu-Kashmir.” No political leader is under house arrest in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.The Ministry of Home Affairs made this statement in a reply to a query by MPs Asaddudin Owaisi and Syed Imtiaz Jaleel .Regarding their query about the the changes noticed after one year of removing Article 370, the Ministry said that ‘all the rights…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login No political leader is under house arrest in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Centre informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.The Ministry of Home Affairs made this statement in a reply to a query by MPs Asaddudin Owaisi and Syed Imtiaz Jaleel .Regarding their query about the the changes noticed after one year of removing Article 370, the Ministry said that ‘all the rights enshrined in the Constitution of India and benefits of all the Central Laws that were being enjoyed by other citizens of the country are now available to the people of Jammu-Kashmir.'”After the constitutional changes and reorganization of the erstwhile State of Jammu-Kashmir, the Union territories of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh have been fully integrated into the mainstream of the nation. As a result, all the rights enshrined in the Constitution of India and benefits of all the Central Laws that were being enjoyed by other citizens of the country are now available to the people of Jammu-Kashmir. The change has brought about socio-economic development in both the new UT’s i.e. UT of Jammu-Kashmir and the UT of Ladakh. Empowerment of people, removal of unjust Laws, bringing in equity and fairness to those discriminated since ages who are now getting their due along with comprehensive development are few of the important changes that are ushering both the new Union Territories towards the path of peace and progress.”, MoS G. Kishan Reddy said.The Ministry also said that an amount of Rs. 30,757 crore has been allocated to the UTs in the Financial Year 2020-21. All the flagship schemes of the Government of India, including various centrally sponsored schemes and the individual beneficiary centric schemes, are also being proactively implemented in UTs of J&K of Ladakh.Many politicians such as Farooq Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah, MY Tarigami, Mian Abdul Qayoom, Saifuddin Soz, Sajjad Lone, amongst others, were reportedly detained and/or placed under house arrest as per the provisions of the J&K Public Safety Act, 1978. In July, the Supreme Court had disposed of octogenarian Congress leader and former Union Minister Prof. Saifuddin Soz’s habeas corpus plea against the Government of Jammu and Kashmir’s detention order, in view of J&K Home Department’s Affidavit which claims that Prof. Soz had never been placed under detention in the first place.Click here to Read/Download Reply by MHANext Storylast_img read more