The Maldives Media Council has today appointed a new chair and deputy chair after months of dispute over the media watchdog’s leadership.
Mohamed Asif and Ahmed Shareef Nafis were appointed to the chair and deputy chair positions, respectively after standing unopposed, reports Haveeru.
The appointment of Abdulla Muaz as president in February was quickly overturned after fellow council members ruled that his selection had not followed due process.
Additionally, plans to hold MMC elections on September were postponed by the home ministry due to the eligibility of inactive media organisations – prompting a re-registration process.
The fifteen member council consists of 8 members from the public and 7 from the media – all of whom have now been selected. The council is tasked with ensuring freedom of media and enforcing ethical guidelines.