After posts by several of its deputy ministers attacking India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi triggered a furore, the Maldives Sunday reportedly suspended “all government officials responsible for the comments”, including deputy ministers Abdulla Mahzoom Majid, Maryam Shiuna and Malsha Shareef.
Earlier in the day, the country’s government had issued a statement distancing itself from “derogatory remarks on social media platforms against foreign leaders and high-ranking individuals”.
It added that it wouldn’t “hesitate to take action” against those who make such remarks.
Saying the opinions expressed on social media were “personal” and didn’t represent the Government’s views, the statement added that freedom of expression should be exercised in ways that “do not spread hatred, negativity and hinder close relationships between the Maldives and its international partners”. (The Print)
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