Maldives national broadcasting corporation bill sent to committee
October 16th, 2009 - 8:46 UTC
by Andy Sennitt.

A bill on establishing a Maldives Broadcasting Corporation was sent to a seven-member ad hoc committee for further review with unanimous consent yesterday. Presenting the bill, former information minister Mohamed Nasheed said the purpose of the bill was to bring Television Maldives (TVM) and Voice of Maldives (VoM) under one parent company and establish a legal framework for a free and independent state media.

He added the legislation will ensure that coverage is fair and balanced and free from undue influence from the government, political parties or entrepreneurs. It specifies how the company will be formed, its objectives, its organisational structure, essential characteristics as a public service broadcaster, public aims, the role of the director’s board, how members should be appointed and the role of parliament.

Mr Nasheed said he first submitted the bill under the former government but parliament at the time did not manage to pass it. “I’ve drafted this bill in compliance with the standards set by an international organisation that helps establish and develop public service broadcasting in the Asia Pacific region,” he said. “It is commonly known as AIBD.”