MJA urges police to respect media ethics
The Maldives Journalist Association (MJA) alleged the police are increasingly getting into the habit of summoning journalists, and demanding to reveal their sources.
“It is now a regular practice by Maldives Police Services (MPS) to summon local journalists for questioning and demand to reveal their sources of information,” it said in a statement.
The latest is the editor of ‘Dhi-FM’, Mohamed Jinah who has now been repeatedly summoned to the police station for questioning, it said.
Previously, a number of journalists from ‘Haveeru’ and ‘Sun Online’ have been summoned for questioning by the police.
The Association urged the police to refrain from such “practices which could actually harm and create obstacle for investigative journalism in the Maldives.”
It cited Article 28 of the Constitution stipulating journalists are not required to reveal their sources of information.
The Maldives Media Council (MMC) and the Maldives Broadcasting Commission (MBC) have been formed under the constitution to regulate the media in the country, it said, adding that “If a journalist or a media organization violates the code of conduct, for example publish a report disregard to the norm of the society, these two regulatory bodies have the authority to hold accountable anyone and everyone involved.”
Yet police are regularly summoning journalists and media personnel and “subject them to harsh questions instead of referring to MMC or MBC.”
Calling it “unacceptable” the MJA said police action amounts to intimidation and harassment of journalists.
It said journalists are often summoned for questioning six or seven months after an event, and there can be serious doubts about the intention and the integrity such conducts by MPS.
- Asian Tribune -