Newspapers in Maldives
In the Maldives there are two daily newspapers (Haveeru and Aafathis) with a total edition of about 4,800 copies.
State Voice of Maldives (VOM, founded in 1962) broadcasts radio in dihevi and english. Television Maldives (TVM, founded 1978) broadcasts in two channels. There are 133 radio and 40 TV receivers per 1,000 residents (2000).
According to ANIMALERTS, there is a vibrant native culture in the Maldives, with distinctive music, dance and crafts. There is also a modern literary tradition.
The state is pursuing a powerful policy to preserve the Maldivian culture from foreign influence. For that reason, tourists are referred to special islands and are not allowed to move freely among the Maldives.
Bodu beru is a traditional music and dance style, based on the rhythm of a large drum (which also means the name). A group performing bodu beru has four to six members and the music has strong African influences. There are also local rock bands who sing on divehi (Maldivian) and have elements of bodu beru in their music.
Among the traditional crafts are paint works and crafts made by seashells.
Abdulla Yamin is sentenced to prison
President Abdulla Yamin is sentenced to five years in prison for money laundering. According to the court, he has moved a million dollars from one of his accounts to avoid the investigators. He must also have bribed witnesses to silence. Investigators say Yamin has millions of dollars invested abroad.
The ties to India are strengthened
The Maldives will be visited by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, who will begin his second term with a visit to the Ear Republic. Together with President Solih, Modi inaugurates a coastal radar system and a military training center, both Indian-financed. The Maldivian island world is spreading across one of the world’s busiest waters and is therefore strategically important for the two major powers China and India, which compete for influence over the country. The Solih government is India-friendly while the presidents Yamin and Rajapaksa worked closely with China. President Solih and Modi promise to cooperate in the fight against piracy, terrorism, organized crime and smuggling through increased patrols of the waters, air surveillance and exchange of information. Earlier in 2019, India pledged $ 800 million in credits to the Maldives,
The verdict against the former vice president is torn down
The verdict against former Vice President Ahmed Abid is annulled by a court ordering that the trial against him be remanded. The court when they judged the first legal process to be “politically motivated”. In 2016, Abid was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempted murder of then President Abdulla Yamin when an explosion occurred aboard his yacht (see September 2015, October 2015 and November 2015 and June 2016).
The MDP gets its own majority in parliament
In the parliamentary elections, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) receives as much as 75 percent of the vote, securing 65 of the 87 seats in the legislative assembly. Party leader Mohamed Nashid promises far-reaching political reforms and an end to corruption in politics. The MDP’s election result is an increase of 39 seats compared to the 2014 election. The second largest is the Republican Party (RP) with 5 seats. President Abdullah Yamins Maldives Progressive Party (PPM) gets 5 seats, down 28 seats since the 2014 election. Twelve seats are split between a couple of small parties and independent candidates. The turnout is 73.5 percent.
Yamin is being investigated for bribery and money laundering
A criminal investigation is being launched against President Yamin, who is suspected of trying to bribe people who will testify against him in a money laundering case. Yamin is accused of illegally receiving nearly $ 1.5 million during the election campaign in the fall of 2018 and placing the money in foreign banks. His assets totaling around $ 6.5 million abroad are now frozen.