The newly-formed Maldives National Journalist Association (MNJA) has claimed that two journalists were threatened and attacked while covering a Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP)-led protest in Addu Atoll on Friday night.
The MNJA claimed a journalist from Maldives National Broadcasting Corporation (MNBC) and a journalist from daily newspaper Haveeru were attacked and threatened, and that pictures taken by the journalists were deleted by the protesters.
MNJA expressed regret that DRP Vice President Ibrahim Shareef was leading the protest and took no action against the incident.
However, Vice president of DRP Ibrahim Shareef said he was “not surprised” by the reports.
”MNJA is a organisation containing a majority of Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) supporters,” Shareef said, ”so they will say stuff like that about us.”
He condemned the MNJA for “misleading people.”
The Haveeru journalist allegedly attacked that night, Ahmed Arsham, said that the protesters became angry at them because they were taking pictures of the protesters damaging the name board of the Addu province office.
Arsham said that he and a TVM reporter were forced away from the incident.
”They grabbed the camera lense and broke it,” he said.
On March 8 a DhiTv Journalist and cameramen was forced out from a Maldivian Democratic Party rally.