Report: Press freedom violations taking place in Maldives; Social Liberal Party leader: De-centralisation bill could jeopardize socio-economic fabric of society; Maldives and China business forum meeting takes place in Shanghai
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  • Reports noted that press freedom violations were taking place in Maldives. For instance, the Telecommunication Authority of Maldives (TAM), on the request of Ministry of Islamic Affairs, allegedly blocked a dissident website which had published a speech against the State Minister for Islamic Affairs Mohamed Shaheem Ali Saeed.1

    Social Liberal Party Leader Ibrahim Ismail has charged that the de-centralisation bill could transform Maldives from a unitary to a federal state and eventually jeopardize the socio-economic fabric of the society.2

    Maldives and China business forum was held on May 2, 2010 at Shanghai to promote bilateral economic ties. More than twenty-three Chinese business organisations participated in the forum jointly organised by the Maldives Embassy in China and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPI).3