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Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist

first_img News July 15, 2020 Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist The Indian Ocean archipelago is ranked 79th out of 180 countries in the 2020 Index. Rae Munavvar is pictured among other journalists of The Edition, at the launching ceremony on May 15, 2018 (photo: Nishan Ali / edition.mv). to go further RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Maldives’ President Ibu Solih to adopt appropriate sanctions in the case of a newspaper editor who says she was sexually harassed by his head of communications and who filed complaints months ago without any action being taken. Maldives: Opposition TV channel threatened, three journalists arrested Help by sharing this information RSF has learned that Munavvar and her news organization reported the alleged harassment to the president’s office immediately after it took place, nearly 18 months ago, but the president’s office took seven months to acknowledge receipt and then took no action. September 12, 2018 Find out more RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers Inaction After an administration that was very hostile to any journalistic criticism took over in 2013, Maldives’ ranking in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index fell from 103rd that year to 120th in 2018. Ibrahim Mohamed “Ibu” Solih’s election as president in September 2018 raised many hopes that, for the most part, have yet to be realized. News “The shocking inaction in response to Rae Munavvar’s complaints is indicative of serious problems with the Maldivian administration and police,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.center_img MaldivesAsia – Pacific Conflicts of interestCorruptionWomenImpunity News Organisation Receive email alerts News MaldivesAsia – Pacific Conflicts of interestCorruptionWomenImpunity “We call on President Ibu Solih to intervene at once by firing his communications director and launching an internal investigation into this unacceptable case of sexual harassment combined with an attempt to bribe a journalist. The credibility of the rule of law in the Republic of Maldives is at stake.” Follow the news on Maldives Rae Munavvar, the editor of The Edition, the English-language version of the Mihaaru daily newspaper, reported in a tweet on 8 July that no action had been taken in response to the formal complaints she filed on 4 February of this year against Hassan Ismail, the secretary of communications at the president’s office. Munavvar alleges that, at a meeting in February 2019, Ismail offered her staff training opportunities and exclusive access, including on foreign presidential visits, if she “spent some time” with him in a resort or in his apartment in Sri Lanka. He also allegedly offered to help her father, a former attorney general, get a prestigious post in the administration. April 23, 2018 Find out more RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates In the absence of any action, Munavvar finally filed formal sexual harassment complaints with the president’s office, the police and the Anti-Corruption Commission on 4 February, one year after the event. But again, no action was taken, and it was only after her tweet on 8 July that the police responded (on Twitter) that an investigation had been opened. March 20, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more