RaajjeTV has settled the MVR 2 million fine levied by Maldives Broadcasting Commission on Sunday.
BoadCom imposed the fine on RaajjeTV on August 8 for airing content which ‘defamed’ the character of President Abdulla Yameen, and for broadcasting content which ‘threatened national security’.
BroadCom gave RaajjeTV only 30 days to settle the fine. RaajjeTV paid the amount to Maldives Inland Revenue Authority (MIRA) on Sunday.
Speaking to the press gathered outside MIRA office, RaajjeTV’s COO Hussain Fiyaz Moosa said that although BroadCom is working hard to shut down RaajjeTV, the public would not allow that as can be seen by the help they provided.
Fiyaz described the fine as an action which aligns with robbery and stated that the whole amount was contributed by the public and other sympathizers.
Speaking to the press, VMedia’s Director General - News and Current Affairs Imad Latheef stated that VMedia condemns the MVR 2 million fine slapped on RaajjeTV. VMedia will continue to remain with and support all the other media houses including RaajjeTV, which the government is desperately trying to shut down in order to silence their voice against oppression, he said.
Imad further said that if an opposition government is elected in the upcoming presidential election, they would propose them to solve the issue of the laws which the current administration amended and brought into existence solely to obliterate the media outlets.
When RaajjeTV was fined by MVR 2 million, the staff of VMedia had aided them by contributing to their ‘Aburufulhlu’ Fund.
The legal team representing RaajjeTV told the press that they are yet to know the reason why RaajjeTV was fined MVR 2 million and said that they would file the case at court on Monday.
BroadCom has fined RaajjeTV on previously occasions as well, the fines amounting to MVR 1.7 million, which was all settled by them.
Although the TV station had filed the cases in court, they have not been processed so far.
Meanwhile RaajjeTV had repeatedly stated that the various actions taken against them are all under the government’s agenda to shut down the station.