For publishing what the Spokesperson for the National Democratic Alliance NDA described as "an article that contains very slanderous and defamatory information" against him and "other reputable citizens of the United States of America", Chernor Alpha Bah has filed a complaint against the New Citizen newspaper to the country's media regulatory body, the Independent Media Commission IMC.
In his complaint letter, Bah stated: "It might interest you to note that the truthfulness of the contents of the article, which appeared on the internet some two months ago from members of an organisation that we were once associated with and largely based on a one-sided opinion from the writer(s), has been largely challenged by several political leaders and organisations across the United States of America and other places who are familiar with the actual basis of the disagreement between myself and the organization that first published the article in question."
He said one would have expected good journalists to have undertaken a comprehensive research and investigation on the contradictions raised in the said article, which could have required contacting him as the primary subject of the article and other individuals who were unfairly attacked in the article because of their organizational relationship with him, before going to press.
"This is not what the journalists of the New Citizen have done. Instead, they chose to publish the article ignoring the fact that its contents are largely defamatory and slanderous not only against me but also against the character and reputation of other individuals who have nothing to do with the politics of Sierra Leone let alone a government for which Mr. Ibrahim Ben Kargbo -the proprietor of the said newspaper - is serving as the Minister of Information and Communication," Bah noted.
Hence, he demanded that the IMC order the New Citizen to publish an unqualified apology to him and the individuals mentioned in the article and also publish all his and others' responses available on the internet on the matter verbatim and in full.
Some of the claims made in the article in question are that Bah stole a 40 horsepower boat motor bought by the All African People's Development and Empowerment Project (AAPDEP) for $4,200 to support a fishing project that was developed by a community in Gbanelol; and his willingness to accept top rate healthcare for himself but do everything in his power to disrupt AAPDEP's presence in Sierra Leone and its project of bringing healthcare to the masses of the people.