Channel 13 Being Investigated for Defamation Against Ex-President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom

The Maldives Broadcasting Commission has started an investigation into the TV station, Channel 13, following allegations of defamatory content against the former President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in a program broadcasted in the name of “Nanaa Huvafen”.

Chief Legal Adviser of Channel 13, the Member of Parliament for Velidhoo constituency, Abdulla Yaamin stated that the Broadcasting Commission is investigating a groundless claim. He highlighted that the program under investigation will show no such content and that the program was created for the sole purpose of creating political awareness among Maldivians. He said that the program constantly reminds the general public not to commit such defamatory acts and that visualizing a past event, under no circumstances, can be proven as defamation.

CEO of Channel 13, Hassan Ghassaan denies all accusations saying that the channel broadcasted defamatory content against the former president Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom and mentioned that it is his opinion that President Maumoon is a distinguished figure.

“The program in question most certainly did not show President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom. Former President Maumoon under no circumstances can be considered a figure portraying a Hindhu, wearing Lipstick as such. President Maumoon is a person with a sterling reputation and I don’t believe he will ever be portrayed or seen as shown in those contents. “

a number of Maumoon’s supporters have criticized the TV station on social media and called the authorities to impose the anti-defamation law regarding a program on Channel 13, “Naanaa Huvafen” broadcasted on 9th of July.

The Broadcasting Commission later said that they are investigating a case of that sort, details of which would be released after the completion of the investigation.