Mal­dives bans jour­nal­ists over news­pa­per own­er­ship row

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A COURT has slapped a two-year ban on jour­nal­ists who trig­gered the clo­sure of the Mal­dives’ only news­pa­per when they re­signed en masse and set up an in­de­pen­dent on­line pub­li­ca­tion over an own­er­ship dis­pute.

The Civil Court ruled on July 3 that no for­mer em­ployee of the Haveeru Me­dia group could work for any me­dia out­let in the coun­try for the next two years.

The move fol­lowed the mass res­ig­na­tion of Haveeru’s staff in March af­ter a court rul­ing forced its founder Mo­hamed Zahir Hus­sain to re­lin­quish edi­to­rial and ad­min­is­tra­tive con­trol.

Haveeru had been pro-es­tab­lish­ment, but had taken a more in­de­pen­dent stance re­cently, earn­ing the dis­plea­sure of the au­thor­i­ties.

The res­ig­na­tions forced Haveeru to cease pub­li­ca­tion of both its print and on­line edi­tions.

The for­mer em­ploy­ees then formed their own on­line pub­li­ca­tion called Mi­haaru which is now threat­ened with clo­sure af­ter the court rul­ing. –

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