The criminal charge of "disobedience of an order" against Minivan Daily Deputy Editor Nazim Sattar was dropped on May 3, World Press Freedom Day, and charges against editor Aminath Najeeb were reduced. The two were facing trial on a criminal complaint related to an August 2005 article quoting opposition activist Ahmed Abbas, whose statements were alleged to have incited violence against the police; Abbas was jailed in connection with the statement. Najeeb still faced jail time on the pending charge.

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