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April 16, 2014

Haiti: Danger of self-censorship after CONATEL warning to radio stations

Reporters Without Borders has expressed alarm at the communiqué that the National Telecommunications Council (CONATEL) of Haiti issued on April 8 condemning “certain” radio stations that “systematically broadcast false information liable to disturb pubic order, destabilise the Republic’s institutions and attack the integrity of many citizens.” The communiqué also reminded the media of the state’s communications monopoly and the sanctions applicable to any breach of the conditions for... MORE
January 22, 2014

CPJ calls on Haitian authorities to act in Dominique murder

The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes new progress in the case of Jean Lépold Dominique , a prominent Haitian radio journalist who was murdered in 2000, and renews its calls to the Haitian authorities to bring all those responsible to justice. An investigative judge in Port-au-Prince on Friday announced the conclusion of his investigation into Dominique's murder and presented his report to an appeals court, according to news reports. In his report, Judge Yvickel Dabresil recommended... MORE
June 29, 2011

Haiti: Two Petit-Goâve radio journalists arbitrarily detained

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has called for the immediate and unconditional release of Ernst Joseph and Wolf “Duralph” François , hosts of the programme “They said it” on Radio Prévention in the southwestern town of Petit-Goâve, who have been detained ever since their arrest during an appearance at the public prosecutor’s office on June 22. According to Petit-Goâve public prosecutor Alix Civil, they are charged with defamation, disturbing public order and... MORE
April 27, 2011

Haitian radio station destroyed in arson attack

New York-based press freedom group Community to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has condemned Thursday's arson attack on Haitian community radio station Tèt Ansanm Karis and called on local authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice. The blaze destroyed the station's offices and all equipment and left the northeastern city of Carice without a local radio station. According to news reports and CPJ interviews, armed men identified as supporters of a legislative candidate raided Tèt Ansanm Karis... MORE
April 12, 2011

Haiti: State TV chief fires three journalists, brings criminal defamation suit against them

A criminal defamation case has been filed by Pradel Henriquez, the director-general of state-owned Télévision Nationale d’Haïti (TNH), in Port-au-Prince against three TNH journalists – Eddy Jackson Alexis , Josias Pierre and Jacques Innocent – who say they were fired for being critical of President-Elect Michel Martelly. Alexis was TNH’s news editor. Henriquez, who also heads state-owned Radio Nationale, accused the three journalists of waging a smear campaign against him. He fired them on... MORE
February 11, 2011

Radio journalist gunned down in Port-au-Prince, motive unclear

Jean Richard Louis-Charles , a 30-year-old journalist working for Radio Kiskeya, one of Port-au-Prince’s most popular radio stations, was fatally shot twice in the head Wednesday near the capital’s central Champs-de-Mars square, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. Another man at the scene, named as Jean Wilner Duperval, was shot dead on the spot by a plain-clothes policeman. The police recovered the gun used to kill Louis-Charles and, according to news... MORE
December 13, 2010

Journalists targeted in post-election riots in Haiti

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) is worried about the dangers for Haitian and foreign journalists from the rioting that has shaken the country since the widely disputed results of the general elections were announced on December 7. Although the media have so far been largely spared, RSF urge the supporters of the various parties and alliances to refrain from turning the media into hostages of their political rivalry. RSF said it was concerned about several recent... MORE