Dole withdraws lawsuit against Swedish filmmaker


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The Associated Press reports that Dole Food Co. is withdrawing a defamation lawsuit against a Swedish filmmaker after complaints in Sweden that it was trying to limit free speech.

Dole had sued filmmaker Fredrik Gertten for showing the documentary ‘Bananas!’ despite a court ruling that the case on which the film was based had been part of a massive extortion plot against the company.


The documentary shows the alleged plight of Nicaraguan workers who say they were made sterile by a pesticide used at Dole banana plantations during the 1970s.

Dole’s lawsuit sparked protests in Sweden, where critics said the food company was trying to interfere with freedom of speech.

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