A news journalist during an Q&A session in daily briefings held by HPA has landed him in hot water when a journalist refereed ‘Bangaalhees’ towards Bangladeshi National. The term is used causally by Maldivians to refer to expats workers.
In response to this Dr. Fathimath Nazla Rafeeq stopped the reporter had reminded the reporter to please treat everyone with respect and have respect for human dignity. The action of this journalist made the social media go wild both with appreciation for Dr. Nazla and criticism towards the journalist.
The referral didn’t go unnoticed by Maldives Media Council which has stated that it would be putting assessment policy for journalist. The policy would come into effect not so distant future according to Maldives Media Council.