Maldives opposition seeks support in Sri Lanka to pay TV station fine

The Maldives Joint Opposition is to open a fund box in order to assist privately run television station RaajjeTV to pay off a fine imposed by Maldives Broadcasting Commission (MBC), after the inauguration of their campaign site in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Sunday, RaajjeTV reported.

As an initiative by supporters of the opposition coalition in Colombo, “Minivan Javvu Jagaha” was opened on Sunday evening at 04:30 where a fund box was also be placed for contributions to RaajjeTV’s ‘Aburufulhu Fund’.

The opposition coalition had appealed to all Maldivian citizens residing in Sri Lanka to join in the inauguration event this evening.

RaajjeTV was fined by an exorbitant MVR two million (USD 130,000), the maximum amount allowed under the defamation bill, last Wednesday for broadcasting a live interview which the government-controlled MBC alleged to contain content that defames incumbent President Abdulla Yameen.

Following this, the station had re-opened it’s ‘Aburufulhu fund’ box on the 10th of August. The fund opening was inaugurated by opposition coalition’s Presidential candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in front of the station’s main office in the capital. (Colombo Gazette)


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