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Indian journalist among two scribes detained in Maldives

Press Trust of India  |  Male 

Two foreign journalists, including an Indian national, have been detained in the for working in the country in violation of its immigration rules, the said today amid political turmoil in the island nation.

Police has handed over the two journalists, a British national and an Indian National, to immigration authorities, 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.

"We urge all foreign nationals to adhere to immigration guidelines and acquire the relevant visa that corresponds to the purpose of their visit. We note that several foreign journalists are currently working in the and welcome all those who wish to do so in the future," it said.

has asked its Embassy in the to ascertain the details pertaining to the detention of the Indian national.

"We have received information about an Indian national, Shri Money Sharma, working as a journalist, who has been detained by the Maldivian authorities. We have asked our Embassy to get in touch with the local authorities to ascertain more details of the case," said.

The action against the two journalists came as a privately-owned television station in the 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 agency reported.

Male, which has seen several political crises since the ouster of its Mohamed Nasheed in 2012, plunged into chaos last Thursday when the ordered the release of nine imprisoned Opposition politicians, maintaining that their trials were "politically motivated and flawed".

Maldivian has refused to obey the court orders and declared a state of emergency in the country.

Maldives' and another judge, Ali Hameed, were arrested hours after Yameen declared a state of emergency. Former Maumoon Abdul Gayoom was also arrested.

International community has asked the to restore the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the people and institutions.

UN Hussein has called the declaration of a state of emergency in the and the resulting suspension of constitutional guarantees an "all-out assault on democracy."

and US Donald Trump have expressed concern about the political situation in over a phone call, the said today.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 22:10 IST
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