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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 […]

Freedom of Press in Haiti: Report Finds Haitian Journalists Face Death Threats and Intimidation

South Florida Caribbean News September 28,2012. BOSTON – A report released today entitled Freedom of the Press in Haiti: The Chilling Effect on Journalists Critical of the Government documents troublesome trends of threats and intimidation journalists encountered in Haiti in violation of their freedom of expression. The report was released by the Center for Law and Global Justice at the University of San Francisco School of Law (USF) and the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), and is based on interviews with Haitian and international journalists. The first trend described by journalists was direct interference with their reporting by Haitian law enforcement and the administration of President Michel Martelly. The interference included intimidation, threats, imprisonment, destruction of media equipment, and retaliation, which has created an atmosphere of fear and a chilling effect on journalists’ freedom of expression. The second […]

After Four Years, No Justice for Murdered Journalist Abdias Jean (URL)

The details of the Abdias Jean murder leave little room to doubt that he was murdered because of his work as a journalist.
The failure to achieve justice for the victims of violence by the interim government and their armed supporters has been widely ignored by the corporate press and even by some press freedom groups like RSF which claim impartiality.

Two Convicted for Murder of Brignol Lindor

Reporters Without Borders, December 12, 2007 HAITI TWO GANG MEMBERS GET LIFE FOR JOURNALIST’S MURDER, A THIRD IS ACQUITTED   Reporters Without Borders hails the outcome of a two-day trial before a court of assizes in the southern town of Petit-Go�ve in which two members of a local militia known as Domi nan Bwa were yesterday given life sentences for the murder of Radio Echo 2000 journalist Brignol Lindor on 3 December 2001. Of the two other alleged militia members on trial, one was acquitted because of mistaken identity and the other got off on a technicality, because he was identified by the wrong first name. Reporters Without Borders regards this as an indication of shortcomings in the preparation of the trial. Six other members of the militia are due to be tried, but have not yet been arrested. “The […]

Rolling Fast for the Release of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine

FROM: STEPHANE AND OLIVIER PIERRE-ANTOINE HAITI SOLIDARITY.NET HAITI-ACTION.NET DANNY GLOVER � LOS ANGELES GLOBAL WOMEN�S STRIKE TRAFALGAR SQUARE � LONDON, ENGLAND LA INDY MEDIA �We, the friends and family of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine are living in a very terrible and pressing situation. Everything in nature tells us that our brother is still alive, and that�s why we are coping. [Inaudible] so encouraged by your act We feel your participation in this is going to put pressure on the Haitian authorities, on the U.N. authorities, on everyone in Haitian society. . . .� —Wilson, long time friend of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, speaking from Haiti. He is also fasting weekly until Pierre-Antoine�s release. MESSAGE FROM THE CHILDREN OF DISAPPEARED HAITIAN HUMAN RIGHTS LEADER LOVINSKY PIERRE-ANTOINE LONDON VIGIL AND FAST DANNY GLOVER 24 HOUR FAST GLOBAL WOMEN�S STRIKE READ / SIGN […]

Protest Kidnapping of Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine

Join Danny Glover, Martin Sheen*, Ron Kovic* and others in a 24 Hour Fast for the safe return of Haitian human rights activist Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine Tuesday, Nov. 13 gather at 10:30am outside the Brazilian Consulate 8484 Wilshire Blvd (at La Cienega), Beverly Hills Lovinsky Pierre-Antoine, the internationally respected Haitian human rights activist, disappeared in Haiti on the evening of 12 August.� He is an extraordinary grassroots organizer beloved by his community, and a leading advocate for the poor, including street children, teenage mothers and victims of torture.� Please urge the Brazilian government which plays a key role as head of the UN forces responsible for law and order in Haiti since the 2004 coup, as well as the governments of the US and Canada which are also key figures, to do all in their power, including making resources available to […]

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