In 2001, Victor Sylver wrote a
letter to one of Ibrahim Seaga Shaw's benefactors informing them of his true
role and that of the Expo Times newspaper in the persecution of journalists
during the AFRC junta rule from May 25, 1997 to February 1998.
Gibril Gbanabome Koroma, then based somewhere
out of Sierra Leone - 4 years later - wrote this as part of his defence of
Ibrahim Seaga Shaw, the Expo Times and of course himself. This bit associating
Victor Sylver with the ousted civilian regime clearly shows their part in the
attempt to silence the BBC reporter.
....Victor has always been
close to the powers that be and he used to be very proud of his close
association with ministers, directors, permanent secretaries and
presidents. He was particularly very close to Kabbah and the SLPP. When
the latter was overthrown in 1997, Victor took it as a personal affront,
which gravely affected his reporting to the BBC. He never reported
anything good about the junta, which angered a lot of people and the BBC
lapped up anything he faxed or sent by telephone......