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Yameen Rasheed, a liberal blogger from the Maldives, stabbed to death

Post by carolhathaway on Sun 23 Apr 2017, 17:16

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Maldives blogger stabbed to death in capital

Yameen Rasheed, who used his Daily Panic blog to poke fun at politicians, found with stab wounds at his flat in Malé



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Agence France-Presse in Malé
Sunday 23 April 2017 06.38 EDT
A liberal blogger has been stabbed to death in the Maldives, his family members and colleagues said.
Yameen Rasheed, 29, was found in the stairwell of his apartment with multiple stab wounds to his neck and chest early on Sunday and died shortly after being taken to hospital, family members said.
His blog, The Daily Panic, had a considerable following and was known for poking fun at politicians in the nation of some 340,000 Sunni Muslims.
Political tension has mounted in the Maldives after a failed opposition bid to impeach the country’s parliamentary speaker late last month.
“With The Daily Panic, I hope to cover and comment upon the news, satirise the frequently unsatirisable politics of Maldives,” he wrote on his blog.



Rasheed is the third media personality to be targeted in the Maldives in the past five years. Ismail Rasheed, a blogger also known as Hilath, was stabbed and wounded by an unidentified attacker in 2012.
A journalist with the independent Minivan News, Ahmed Rilwan, is thought to have been abducted in August 2014 and has been missing ever since.
The country’s exiled opposition leader and former president Mohamed Nasheed demanded action on Sunday after the killing. .
“President Nasheed is demanding an inquiry with international participation so it can’t be swept under the carpet as usual,” a spokesman said.
The regime of President Abdulla Yameen has arrested the last Maldives opposition leader in jail or in exile as part of a major crackdown on rival politicians, who narrowly failed to seize control of parliament.
Qasim Ibrahim, who ran for president in 2013 and currently heads the Jumhooree party (JP), was one of four signatories of an opposition unity deal aimed at toppling Yameen.



Ibrahim was briefly detained and released earlier this month only to be re-arrested over the weekend.
A coalition of opposition parties led Nasheed is trying to undermine Yameen before elections next year.
The clampdown has raised fears over the country’s stability and dented its image as a tourist paradise.

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Re: Yameen Rasheed, a liberal blogger from the Maldives, stabbed to death

Post by party animal - not! on Mon 24 Apr 2017, 12:53

This is terrible, and all the more concerning to read how much more is going on there that doesn't make the headlines on a regular basis, for obvious reasons......

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