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A Sri Lankan woman points to a portrait of Maldivian blogger Yameen Rasheed on his blog "The Daily Panic" in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 23, 2017. Police in the Maldives said in a statement that Rasheed was found Sunday morning with multiple stab wounds in a house in the capital, Male. He died at a hospital. (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
A Sri Lankan woman points to a portrait of Maldivian blogger Yameen Rasheed on his blog "The Daily Panic" in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 23, 2017. Police in the Maldives said in a statement that Rasheed was found Sunday morning with multiple stab wounds in a house in the capital, Male. He died at a hospital. (Eranga Jayawardena/AP)

Yameen Rasheed, a 29-year-old blogger and activist in the Maldives, was stabbed to death on Sunday. Rasheed was a prominent satirist and commentator who took aim at radical Islam in the Maldives, and was a frequent critic of the government. Last year he reported receiving death threats.

Political tension has been mounting in the Maldives since a 2012 coup ousted the country's first democratically elected president. More recently the Maldives has seen dozens of its citizens leave to join the so-called Islamic State.

Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti talks with Mohamed Junayd (@mjunayd), a journalist with the publication Maldives Independent, about Rasheed's life and violent death.

This segment aired on April 25, 2017.

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