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Maldives will censor all books to protect Islamic codes

In a move condemned by free speech advocates, the islands government moves to curb literature and poetrys adverse effects on society

Poetry and literature will have to be approved by the Maldivian government before they are published in the country, according to new regulations which have been described as a disaster for freedom of expression by free speech campaigners.

Published earlier this month, the regulations are intended to standardise all literature publicised and published in the Maldives in accordance with laws and regulations of the Maldives and its societal etiquette, and to reduce adverse effects on society that could be caused by published literature, according to an unofficial translation by lawyer Mushfique Mohamed shown to the Guardian.

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