Maldives Journalists Association (MJA) has called on the police to protect journalists when dispersing demonstrations.
MJA’s statement comes after several journalists covering the demonstration by the opposition PPM-PNC coalition outside the Parliament earlier Monday were injured.
MJA expressed concern over injuries to two journalists from Channel 13.
“The media-credentialed videographer and photojournalist were sprayed with pepper spray and struck by police shields. One of the journalists is currently being treated in hospital,” said MJA.
“Therefore, we strongly urge the police to protect journalists when dispersing such demonstrations.”
MJA said they also received a complaint Monday regarding harassment of a journalist from VTV who was covering the demonstration.
“This association condemns such actions. MJA will always advocate for a safe environment for journalists,” said the association.
Monday’s demonstration was staged to coincide with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s arrival to the Parliament to deliver his annual address.
Demonstrators demanded President Solih’s resignation, and for the freedom of opposition leader, former President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
According to the opposition coalition, 11 demonstrators were arrested by police, and some sustained injuries in confrontations with the police.