SIERRA LEONE: Government drops criminal libel charges against editor 


August 21, 2007
Original Alert: July 3, 2007
Philip Neville, The Standard Times


Authorities dropped criminal libel charges against editor Neville of the private daily The Standard Times after the paper retracted a June 27 story critical of the government, according to the Ghana-based press freedom group Media Foundation of West Africa.

The story had alleged that the government did not publicly disclose gifts to Sierra Leone from Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qaddafi.