Court rejects journalist's appeal
Yay was accused of broadcasting a slanderous report, on 21 January 2009, about Makila's house arrest following an investigation into the misappropriation of funds intended for teachers' salaries. Makila filed a complaint, claiming that the information in the broadcast was inaccurate and that he was never placed under house arrest.
Following the former governor's complaint against the journalist, on 20 February, the court sentenced Yay to 6 months' imprisonment and a fine of US$2,500 in damages. Yay's lawyer immediately filed an appeal.