Friday, 2 October 2009

[creative-radio] Maldives - Radio journalist and blogger arrested after they covered opposition demonstration

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Date: 2009/10/2
Subject: [rsfasie] Maldives - Journalist and blogger arrested after they
covered opposition demonstration

*RWB - Reporters Without Borders*
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*Maldives - Journalist and blogger arrested after they covered opposition

Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of freelance
journalist *Mohamed Shaheeb* and blogger *Hiliath Rasheed*, who were
arrested today for covering an opposition demonstration yesterday against
President Mohamed Nasheed.

"Mohamed Shaheeb and Hilath Rasheed are not criminals," Reporters Without
Borders said. "They are both media professional who are recognised in their
fields. It would be intolerable if the sole reason for their detention was
their presence at a demonstration yesterday outside the president's office.
We call for an explanation of these arrests."

Shaheeb, who works part-time for radio *Sun FM*, was already arrested in
1997, Amnesty International said.


*RSF - Reporters sans frontières *
*Maldives - Un journaliste et un blogueur arrêtés après avoir couvert une
manifestation de l'opposition*

Reporters sans frontières demande la libération immédiate du journaliste
indépendant *Mohamed Shaheeb* et du blogueur *Hilath Rasheed* qui ont été
arrêtés le 2 octobre pour avoir couvert, la veille, une manifestation de
l'opposition contre le président Mohamed Nasheed.

"Nous demandons que les autorités maldiviennes libèrent immédiatement
Mohamed Shaheeb et Hilath Rasheed qui ne sont pas des criminels mais sont
tous deux des professionnels des médias reconnus dans leurs domaines. Il
serait intolérable que leur arrestation ne soit justifiée que par leur
simple présence à la manifestation devant le bureau présidentiel qui s'est
tenue le 1er octobre. Nous demandons que la lumière soit faite sur ces
arrestations", a déclaré l'organisation.

Selon Amnesty International, Mohamed Shaheeb, également rédacteur pour la
radio* SunFM*, avait déjà été arrêté par la police en 1997.

Vincent Brossel
Asia-Pacific Desk
Reporters Without Borders
33 1 44 83 84 70

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