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Maldives - Radio journalist and blogger arrested after they covered opposition demonstration

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  • George Lessard
    ... From: RSF ASIA Date: 2009/10/2 Subject: [rsfasie] Maldives - Journalist and blogger arrested after they covered opposition demonstration To:
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      From: RSF ASIA <asie@...>
      Date: 2009/10/2
      Subject: [rsfasie] Maldives - Journalist and blogger arrested after they
      covered opposition demonstration
      To: RSF ASIA <asie@...>




      *RWB - Reporters Without Borders*
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      *10/02/2009*
      *http://www.rsf.org/Journalist-and-blogger-arrested.html***
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      *Maldives - Journalist and blogger arrested after they covered opposition
      demonstration*

      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.

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      *RSF - Reporters sans fronti�res *
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      *02/10/2009*
      *http://www.rsf.org/Un-journaliste-et-un-blogueur.html*
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      *Maldives - Un journaliste et un blogueur arr�t�s apr�s avoir couvert une
      manifestation de l'opposition*

      Reporters sans fronti�res demande la lib�ration imm�diate du journaliste
      ind�pendant *Mohamed Shaheeb* et du blogueur *Hilath Rasheed* qui ont �t�
      arr�t�s le 2 octobre pour avoir couvert, la veille, une manifestation de
      l�opposition contre le pr�sident Mohamed Nasheed.

      "Nous demandons que les autorit�s maldiviennes lib�rent imm�diatement
      Mohamed Shaheeb et Hilath Rasheed qui ne sont pas des criminels mais sont
      tous deux des professionnels des m�dias reconnus dans leurs domaines. Il
      serait intol�rable que leur arrestation ne soit justifi�e que par leur
      simple pr�sence � la manifestation devant le bureau pr�sidentiel qui s�est
      tenue le 1er octobre. Nous demandons que la lumi�re soit faite sur ces
      arrestations", a d�clar� l�organisation.

      Selon Amnesty International, Mohamed Shaheeb, �galement r�dacteur pour la
      radio* SunFM*, avait d�j� �t� arr�t� par la police en 1997.

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

      [image: Reporters Without Borders]






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