Maldives profile - Media

Maldivian man reading newspaper Image copyright AFP
Image caption A defamation law allows the authorities to fine or close media outlets

Private broadcasters operate alongside outlets run by Public Service Media, a state body.

Non-state media report coming under pressure, and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says journalists operate in a climate of violence and impunity.

It says the government "continues to persecute the independent media", and that political parties are the main source of threats.

A 2016 law criminalised defamation, allowing the authorities to fine or close media for content deemed defamatory.

Raajje TV, a leading pro-opposition outlet, said in 2017 that the authorities were seeking to shut it down by imposing large fines under the legislation.

There were 270,000 internet users by June 2017 (

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