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Political affairs reporter banned from Parliament

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders calls on the secretary of the Maldives parliament, the People's Majlis, to rescind a ban on reporter Lushan Saeed of the daily "Miadhu" from entering the parliament building until the end of the year. Saeed, who specialises in parliamentary affairs, was notified of the ban in a letter from the parliament's secretariat on 17 September 2007.

He is being punished for reporting that the building's guards searched a legislator, Mohamed Shafeeg (Sappe), against his will on 3 September. After Saeed's account of the incident appeared in the newspaper, he was summoned by the parliament's head of press relations and asked to retract the report.

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