Journalist injured in opposition protest returns after treatment in Sri Lanka

A journalist from Channel 13 is injured during a demonstration outside the Parliament on February 6, 2023. (Photo/PPM)

The journalist from Channel 13 who was injured as police dispersed a demonstration by the opposition PPM-PNC coalition outside the Parliament last Monday has returned to Maldives after receiving further treatment in neighboring Sri Lanka.

Opposition coalition’s Spokesperson Heena Waleed told Sun that Channel 13’s Hassan Shaheed sustained injuries of various extents to his head and back. He had been photographed on the ground unconscious during the protest.

Shaheed was transported to Sri Lanka for further treatment in accordance with his family’s wishes on Monday night.

Heena, confirming Shaheed’s return to the Maldives, said his condition is slowly improving,

Two of Channel 13’s journalists were injured in the incident.

Maldives Journalists Association (MJA), in a statement expressing concern over the incident, called on the police to ensure the protection of journalists in their coverage of protests.

While police investigate the case further – they have issued a statement expressing concern over injuries to both journalists. In this regard, the police said it is unlikely officers intently hurt the journalists.

Nevertheless, the police said that Professional Standards Command will conduct a full review of the incident.