Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti

US marines seize Haitian photographer’s camera

Reporters Without Borders and the International Freedom of Expression Exchange Three weeks after the earthquake, the Haitian press has just had its first serious run-in with the US military. Homère Cardichon, a photographer working for the daily “Le Nouvelliste”, had his camera confiscated by US marines on 3 February 2010 while covering a demonstration by disgruntled residents outside the US embassy in the Port-au-Prince suburb of Tabarre. RSF urges culture and communications minister Marie-Laurence Jocelyn-Lassègue to demand an explanation from the US military authorities. “Six marines came up and surrounded me,” Cardichon told RSF. “Then they took my camera in my opened work bag and left with it. An hour later, one of them came back and photographed me. Then he returned my camera to me. I saw that the soldiers had erased some of the photos.” There is growing […]

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