Monday, April 24, 2017

Maldivian Blogger Stabbed to Death

Twenty-nine-year-old Yameen Rasheed, who used his Daily Panic blog to poke fun at politicians, has been stabbed to death in Male – the third media figure to be targeted in the Indian ocean archipelago in the past five years.
The blogger was found early on Sunday in the stairwell of his apartment building in the Maldivian capital with multiple stab wounds to his neck and chest. He died shortly after being taken to hospital, family members said.
An IT professional by trade, Yameen maintained the blog in his spare time, writing that he aimed to report “the unfiltered truth, the sickening facts, the gruesome details, and – because this is the Maldives – the painfully obvious”.
He was arrested along with scores of others and imprisoned for three weeks in 2015 after taking part in an anti-government rally in the capital.
Zaheena Rasheed, a friend and the editor of the Maldives Independent news website said he was often abused for being a “secularist with an agenda” – though his writing focused on social justice, government incompetence, corruption and waste.
The blogger had been relentlessly asking questions over the disappearance in August 2014 of Ahmed Rilwan, a journalist with the Minivan News whose whereabouts remain unknown.
Another blogger, Ismail Rasheed, also known as Hilath, was stabbed and wounded by an unidentified attacker in 2012. And not to mention, Afrasheem Ali, an MP whose Islamic scholarship had reportedly angered religious hardliners in the country, was murdered the same year.
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