Earlier today, an anonymous writer calling himself/herself Jihad published an article on the online Dhivehi language Muraasil, calling for the death of blogger Hilath Rasheed, known for his pieces against the religious right. The article appeared shortly after Rasheed published an anonymous letter on his blog critical of 'Sheikh' Fareed's forthcoming lecture "Who is Hell calling for?".
Jihad's article, now removed from Muraasil, repeatedly called for "infidel" Hilath's murder:
"Let's kill off this fellow. Let's behead him."
Jihad also remonstrates the government for not shutting down Rasheed's "irreligious" blog or taken action against him.
The website's founder Nasrulla Adam told Minivan News that only 'regular and approved' contributors could post content on the website without moderation, meaning they may be able to help the police trace Jihad's identity.
If President Nasheed really is a champion of the free press he will take this opportunity to condemn the death threat against Hilath Rasheed, and reassure writers and dissenters that his government will do everything it can to protect them.
But Nasheed's silence following attacks on child rights and women's rights by religious conservatives isn't encouraging.
Even if Aung San Su Kyi is released, she shouldn't hop on a plane to the Maldives just yet.