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What is Avas?

Avas Onine is a newspaper formed to disseminate News and Information quickly and proficiently within the mainstream media of Maldives. Avas Online’s main aim is to quickly and proficiently distribute news related to important events in Maldives and the world, and compile in-depth analysis reports on such, using New Media resources such as Video, Audio, Photo, and Info Graphic. The newspaper works 24 hours a day during all the 7 days of the week in order to achieve this target.


Avas Online is a newspaper registered with the Government of Maldives under applicable laws. The newspaper operates as an Online Web-based Platform. Avas Online was registered at the Ministry of Home Affairs on 6 November 2014.

The title of the newspaper “Avas” is defined in Dhivehi language as the “opposite of slow”; as synonymous with “quick” and “speedy”; and as “accomplishing a task before schedule”. The phrase “Avas Habaru” in Dhivehi is also used where the term “Breaking News” is applied in the press. The title chosen for the newspaper is a media-related name that is easily pronounced phonetically.

The newspaper strives to facilitate the full potential of the Freedom of Expression guaranteed under all the rights and principles enshrined in the Constitution of Maldives – with fairness, proficiency and free of influence.