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Freedom of the Press Elusive in Haiti

Journalists in Haiti are denouncing attempts by the Haitian government to deny their freedom of speech. Radio Kiskeya reports that in December, President Michel Martelly and other officials presented large checks to 3 journalists at a meeting at the National Palace. Investigative and critical journalists are often not given equal opportunities by the government. Journalists have a real chance to make change by revealing injustice, so it’s important that these issues are addressed. Part of the article is below. Click HERE for the full text. Journalists Denounce Attempts by Haitian Government to Silence Criticism Center for Economic and Policy Research January 27, 2015 Yesterday, Radio Kiskeya made public a letter from leaders of the station to Lucien Jura, spokesperson of the presidency, alleging that President Martelly had personally given cash to journalists at a meeting in December. The letter begins: Radio […]

The fight against cholera: “In deep shit?”

Ayiti Kale Je July 24, 2013 Port-au-Prince – Lack of financing for a ten-year cholera eradication plan means that the disease will likely be endemic to Haiti for years to come. Cholera bacteria are spread by contaminated food, water and fecal matter. One of the essential parts of the US$2.2 billion National Plan for the Elimination of Cholera in Haiti is the financing for sanitation systems nationwide. The majority of Haitians – about eight million people – do not have access to a hygienic sanitation system. They defecate in the open, in fields, in ravines and on riverbanks. The capital region produces over 900 tons of human excreta every day, according to the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). “Haiti is the only country in the entire world whose sanitation coverage decreased in the last decade,” said Dr. Rishi Rattan, a member […]

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