Media Council abolishment issue on tomorrow's Majlis agenda

Ahmed Hamdhoon, Haveeru Online
Apr 29, 2012 - 01:32
  • Some members of the Maldives Media Council: Parliament's Financial Committee has proposed to abolish the council. FILE PHOTO

Parliament has scheduled the abolishment of the Media Council in tomorrow's agenda proposed by the Parliament's financial committee. The decision came as the Maldives Media council (MMC) prepares to hold its elections on the 10th of next month.

The committee report will be submitted to the parliament floor and debate will commence tomorrow.

The financial committee report stated that the committee proposed to abolish the council established upon a constitutional decree, as the council had been unable to perform its duties and responsibilities to a satisfactory level.

Hence the report indicated that the committee decided to recommend the parliament to abolish the council.

In addition, the committee proposed to include the mandate of the Media Council under the responsibilities of Maldives Broadcasting Commission (MBC).

To that end, the committee recommended that the relevant rules and regulations be amended as soon as possible.

The financial committee also highlighted the issues raised by the Auditor General that living allowances had been allocated to the Media Council members illegally and that the council had failed to produce and publicly announce its rules of governance within six months of its establishment.

The report stated that as the council had failed to formulate and publicize its rules of governance, it had failed to attend the 12 issues reported to the council.

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