Maldives orders two journalists to leave the island

 

 

 

Two foreign journalists, working for French news agency AFP who were arrested by the Maldivian police for violating immigration rules, have been ordered to leave the island nation facing political turmoil.

 

The two journalists, Indian national Money Sharma and British national of Indian-origin Atish Ravi Patel, were handed over to immigration authorities by the police after it was found that they were working in violation of the country’s immigration rules, the police said in a statement.

 

These individuals were found to be working and reporting as journalists while on a tourist visa, in contravention to the Immigration Act and Regulations,” the statement said.

 

The Maldives police, however, clarified that no legal action will be taken against the two journalists.

 

We would like to note that although they have been asked to leave the Maldives, no other legal steps shall be taken against them,” the police said.

 

The action against the two journalists came as a privately-owned television station in the Maldives went off the air, citing threats during the country’s current state of emergency.

 

Rajje TV, which highlights the views of the political opposition, said in a statement that it stopped broadcasting because the country’s environment does not allow journalists to report freely and independently, the AFP had reported

 

 

 

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