Tourism minister Ahmed Adeeb has rejected suggestions that he was linked to the recent resignation of Raajje TV journalist and Deputy CEO Ibrahim ‘Asward’ Waheed.
Raajje TV itself tweeted from its official account that Asward had left the channel after it emerged that he was working to establish a media channel with a senior member of the incumbent government.
After rumours on social media suggested Adeeb was the politician in question, he tweeted in response.
I Deny the allegations that I am associated with Raajje TV or Asward.I blv Raajje TV is a independent Channel & Asward is a great Journalist
— Ahmed Adeeb (@Ahmed_Adeeb) February 14, 2015
Asward – who came close to death following brutal attack in February 2013 – maintains that he left the channel due to its “deviation from the original objective”.
Despite being regarded as as aligned with the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP), Raajje TV’s Senior Advisor and former MDP MP for Velidhoo Constituency Yameen Rasheed recently defected to the ruling Progressive Party of Maldives.