Male [Maldives]: Major TV station in Maldives, RaajjeTV has shut down its broadcast coming under immense pressure and threats of attacks.
Maldives crises: Major TV station shuts down
#Maldives RaajjeTV has shutdown its broadcast coming under immense pressure and threats of attacks . #JournalismNotaCrime pic.twitter.com/qMNL3DkOrz— Maldives Voice (@MaldivesVoice4) February 8, 2018
On February 5, the opposition-aligned RaajjeTV tweeted that its shutdown was "imminent," and that they will "continue to work" until the "last minute. We have no security"
RaajjeTV shutdown in imminent. Will continue to work for the people of the Maldives till the last minute. We have no security.The Maldives Broadcasting Commission had earlier warned media stations they could face closure if they were deemed a threat to national security, incited unrest with false information or endangered the public interest, according to news reports.— RaajjeTV (@Raajje_tv) February 5, 2018
On Monday, former President of Maldives Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Chief Justice Saeed, Supreme Court Justice Ali Hameed and Judicial administrator Hassan Saeed were arrested by the security forces after Yameen declared a state of emergency in the country.
The arrests indicated that the crackdown on the opposition intensified. The country's National Defence Force also stormed inside the Supreme Court (SC) premises in Male on Tuesday.
The Maldivian capital remained tense as opposition leaders across were being rounded up and placed under detention as Yameen, who has been refusing to obey SC's orders directing him to release nine prominent leaders from prison, has given sweeping powers to security forces.
Last week, the Maldivian Supreme Court acquitted former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, former Maldivian Vice President Ahmed Adeeb and ordered the reinstatement of the 12 other parliamentary members.