Ismail Rasheed ("Hilath")

Ismail Rasheed ("Hilath")

Location: Maldives
3° 12' 10.0008" N, 73° 13' 14.448" E
Status: Threatened
Threatened on 04 Jun 2012

Maldives' best-known blogger, Ismail Rasheed (more commonly known as "Hilath"), was stabbed in the throat on June 4 and forced to flee the country. Though Rasheed, who has received death threats in the past has blamed the attack on Islamists, a Maldivian government spokesperson told the AFP that the attack had "nothing to do with religious extremism or his work as a journalist" and was the work of a rival gang. Another official, however, condemned the stabbing but implied that Rasheed should have known he was a target, stating: "We are not a secular country. When you talk about religion there will always be a few people who do not agree."

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