Maldives TV station shuts down after threats

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A privately owned television station in the Maldives says it has gone off the air because of threats during the country's current state of emergency.

Rajje TV, which highlights views of the political opposition, said in a statement Friday that it stopped broadcasting because the country's environment did not allow journalists to report freely and independently. It said a mob had gathered at the station and called for it to be burned down, and government lawmakers had asked the broadcasting regulator to shut the station.

President Yameen Abdul Gayoom declared a state of emergency after the Supreme Court ordered the release and retrial of his political opponents. The order has since been reversed.

Rajje TV was burned down ahead of the 2013 presidential election.

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