A liberal blogger was stabbed to death on Sunday in the politically motionless Maldivian capital Male. Yameen Rasheed was found injured in the stairwell of his apartment. He had multiple stab wounds on is neck and chest and he passed away shortly after he was taken to the hospital to death He was 29.
Rashid, who described himself as the “disobedient writer” on microblogging site Twitter, maintained a blog titled ‘The Daily Panic’, which was popular among Maldivians for its critical view of political developments in the Indian Ocean island. He was known for making fun of the politicians of the nation.
“With The Daily Panic, I hope to cover and comment upon the news, satirise the frequently unsatirisable politics of Maldives,” he wrote on his blog.
Following Rasheed’s suspected killing on Sunday, the opposition has demanded an international probe. “A brave voice, brutally silenced. Only an impartial & open investigation with international participation can provide justice for @yaamyn,” former president and exiled opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed tweeted. His Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) in a statement called for “full international participation” in the investigation of the case.
In last five years in Maldives, Rasheed is the case of targeting media personalities. Earlier, blogger Ismail Rasheed, also known as Hilath, was stabbed and wounded by an unidentified attacker.
A journalist with the independent Minivan News, Ahmed Rilwan, was apparently abducted in August 2014 and has been missing ever since.