Ruder Finn stops handling tourism work for Maldives

Ruder Finn has stopped working on a controversial account for the Maldivian government.

Ruder Finn has stopped working on a controversial account for the Maldivian government.

The agency has ceased handling an account thought to be worth about $148,000 (£93,000) per month supporting a tourism drive by the Maldives, just six months after being appointed.

The hire led to protests after claims that former President Mohamed Nasheed was removed from office by force in a coup d'etat in February. Protesters picketed outside the agency's offices in July.

Nasheed now faces charges of abusing power while in office, which his party claims is politically motivated.

Ruder Finn UK agency boss Nick Leonard told PRWeek that the account had come to an end because it had reached the end of its allotted time frame.

This article originally appeared at PRWeek UK.

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