August 21, 2014
21 August 2014, Male’;The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Her Excellency Ms Dunya Maumoon made the following statement on the tragic news of the disappearance of Mr. Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, 28 year old journalist who has been reported missing since 7 August 2014.
“The Government expresses deep concern on the sudden disappearance of Mr. Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, Minivan News Journalist, who has been reported missing since 7 August 2014. The Foreign Minister noted that the Government and concerned authorities were committed to maximum effort in searching for the whereabouts of Minivan news journalist who was last seen on CCTV footage from Hulhumale’, Ferry Terminal in Male’, on the night of 7 August 2014. Ms Maumoon noted the extensive search efforts of the Maldives Police Services and other authorities expressing her wish for success in their efforts. The Minister also expressed concern on the act of intimidation and reprisals to journalists in general. ‘Freedom of media facilities a greater degree of interconnectedness and awareness in the community, and is the cornerstone of any democratic society. Therefore, the protection and safety of journalists is fundamental not only at an individual level, but at a national and international level as well’.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs noted her wishes and prayers that “Rilwan be found safe and sound”. She noted that the Government is committed to ensuring safety and security of all Maldivians.
The Maldives has cosponsored resolution calling for the safety of journalists at the Human Rights Council in 2012 and at the UNGA in 2013.