Planned Maldives Islamic channel launch to be reviewed next year

The Ministry of Islamic Affairs has said it will review the possibility of launching a Maldives-based Islamic television channel next year to ensure that the technical demands required for the endeavor can be met.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Mohamed Didi, told Minivan News that the postponement of plans to begin broadcasting an Islamic TV channel in the country were not so much an issue of budgetary limitations – but that of human resources.

“If we were to start this channel we would need human resources and the technical staff to support it,” he said. “We have spoken to the Maldives National Broadcasting Corperation (MNBC), who can supply this, so we have the technical capacity, but we need to think how we will move ahead.”

Didi said that broadcasting a new tv channel in the country was “not an easy task” and there were concerns that the project needed more extensive planning.

“If we rush [starting the channel], we might not be able to sustain it so that is why we are waiting until next year,” he claimed.

Didi added that the exact nature of how the channel would operate and the duration of its programming on a daily basis had yet to be finalised and would be a key part of any ongoing talks.

Meanwhile, Miadhu has reported today that Islamic Affairs Minister Dr Abdul Majeed Abdul Baari believed repeated postponements of forming the channel were related to low budgets and ongoing legal action regarding the control of state media.

According to the report, Rf2 million from the Zakat fund had been allocated to fund the proposed Islamic channel, but the money has now been transferred instead to a scholarship programme.


6 thoughts on “Planned Maldives Islamic channel launch to be reviewed next year”

  1. War mongers... go get back to your caves... please don't try to ruin our children with your fallacies, scare-mongering folklore, hatred against humanity, barbarous practices and self proclaimed sexual perversions.

    Please go to your dream world on your own. Don't try to take our kids with you... please.

  2. @ sophia: How can you call someone 'war mongers' just like that? do you have any facts and evidences that adhaalath or perhaps the islamic ministry is inciting any wars in maldives or in any parts of the wolrd. i think its you who need to wake up from your dream world. which world are you living in? Dot you see the real war mongers in this world? Is it adahaalath or our state minister who is fighting wards in Iraq, Chechniya, Afghanistan or even in Palestine. People like you are just one sided ignorants who wish to see only what you want to see and ignore the rest, even if it is mere truth. I wish all my best for this channel and hope its runw well on air and deep in the hearts of all muslims in this country. If you dont want to see it, just change the channel. Thats it. But keep your stinky gob closed and shut forever.

  3. Sophia: Refer the history of the world of past 2000 years and you would know who has shed and continue to shed most blood; you would know who manufacture, stockpile and trade most dangerous and destructive weapons of war.

  4. Why can't people see that for Adhaalath or the ministry of Islamic Affairs, Religion is nothing more than a tool to legitimize there power. That is the least respect, one to give to a glorious religion. Using it to reach one's own goal, rather than striving for inner peace.

  5. Of course, campaigning for 2013 would become much easier with a channel of their own. Free advertisements, free propaganda...and they can easily recruit young kids to go to Afghanistan. Who would have guessed?

    And of course, there wouldn't be any worries about funding, as long as there is demand for opium, right?


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