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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 […]

Reports Sent to UN Human Rights Committee

October 7-10, 2014, the Government of Haiti will be reviewed by the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva, a body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Haiti acceded to the ICCPR on February 6, 1991. Under the Haitian Constitution, international treaties, once ratified, become a part of the legislation of Haiti and abrogate any pre-existing, conflicting laws. Haiti, like all States parties, must submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented. States must report initially one year after acceding to the Covenant and then generally every four years. The Committee examines each report and addresses its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of “concluding observations”. This is Haiti’s first review. Haiti submitted its first report in 2013. The BAI and IJDH […]

Freedom of expression cannot prevail if there is no justice for murdered journalists

By Amnesty International May 3, 2007 As the world celebrates World Press Freedom Day on May 3, in Haiti, the right to freedom of expression continues to bear a high cost for journalists. The Haitian Constitution expressly guarantees the right to freedom of opinion and expression. However, the ability of journalists to enjoy and exercise these freedoms in Haiti is another matter. Since April 2000, eight journalists have been killed in Haiti either by unknown gunmen or in some cases allegedly by members of the security forces. Dozens more have been subject to harassment, imprisonment and attacks in the course of exercising their profession. Attacks against Haitian journalists often represent an attempt to silence their voices – in a country with high illiteracy rates where most people do not have access to television, the radio is the main source of […]

The Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression (French) (UN)

From the United Nations Economic and Social Council Commission on Human Rights: Civil and Political Rights, Including the Question of Freedom of Expression Report by the Special Rapporteur Ambeyi Ligabo See pages 141-142 on Haiti [gview file=””]

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