A TV anchor with the state broadcaster Maldives Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has been suspended following a tweet in which he alleged state run Television Maldives (TVM) was biased in favor of the government in covering recent political unrest.
TVM’s Director of News and Current Affairs, Mohamed Jinah, sent a letter to Ali Shamin on February 23, stating he had been suspended until further notice.
Jinah alleged Shamin had violated MBC staff code of conduct and breached policies on confidentiality. His tweet also undermined public trust in the state broadcaster, the letter said.
Shamin subsequently said he had been punished because of his tweet, but that the majority of his colleagues agreed with his stand.
According to MBC's HR manager he has no knowledge about the memo which issued me. pic.twitter.com/WNQG9RADz5
— Ali Shamin (@ali_shamin) February 25, 2015
adhives mi dhannavanee MBC hingamun gendhanee MBC ge gaanoonge 38, adhi 39 vana maadhaa aai kandaelhigen khilaafah.
— Ali Shamin (@ali_shamin) February 24, 2015
The tweet came amidst heightened political tension withe the arrest of former President Mohamed Nasheed on Sunday and the arrest of former Defense Minister Mohamed Nazim on charges of terrorism on February 10.