Small Mercy

While applauding a Maldivian government decision to grant an amnesty to a cyberdissident, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called for the release of two others who have been sentenced to life for publishing an e-mail newsletter. While applauding a Maldivian government decision to grant an amnesty to a cyberdissident, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called for the release of two others who have been sentenced to life for publishing an e-mail newsletter.

Reporters Without Borders expressed its profound relief at a presidential amnesty on 9th May for cyberdissident Fathimath Nisreen. “It’s a huge delight,” said the organisation. “This courageous young woman can finally resume a normal life after three years in prison, banishment and then house arrest. We hope this amnesty will quickly be followed by that of Mohamed Zaki and Ahmad Didi, the other contributors to Sandhaanu”.

Mohamed Zaki, Ahmad Didi, Ibrahim Lutfy and his assistant Fathimath Nisreen were all arrested in January 2002, for working on Sandhaanu, an email newsletter that exposed human rights abuses and corruption in the Maldives, RSF said.

Accused of “defamation” and “attempting to overthrow the government” Zaki, Lutfy and Didi were sentenced to life impri