President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has today assured that his administration would not impede media freedom and would continue to support journalism as it had in previous years.
He gave the assurance in his meeting with members of the Maldives Journalists Association (MJA) to hear their concerns about the recently ratified Evidence Act. The meeting took place at the President's Office this morning.
The journalists shared with the President their views on the circumstances under which the identities of confidential sources and informants must be disclosed under the Evidence Act, as well as the need for certain terminologies to be clarified.
The President explained the need for such a requirement in the Evidence Act and assured them that the administration would not impede media freedom and would continue to support journalism as it had in previous years.
The President emphasized that the administration is always working to ensure everyone's safety and harmony.
At the meeting, President Solih assured journalists that the government would consider their views and amend the Evidence Act to clearly define situations involving threats to national security, which may necessitate revealing journalistic sources.
He also stated that the government intends on working closely with the media, adding that journalists would be consulted on the media bill, which is currently being drafted.