Arson destroys community radio station in Haiti

After airing the contested results of Haiti's controversial legislative elections, the Haitian community radio station Tèt Ansanm Karis was destroyed by arson, reported the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

According to a statement from the station's director, Annol Phylidor, the fire was started by supporters of the INITE political party's candidate Jean Berthole Bastien, who lost the election.

No injuries were reported, but all of the station's equipment and the office, in the city of Carice were destroyed in the blaze, which occurred April 21, according to an alert from the World Association of Broadcasters for Latin America and the Caribbean (AMARC-ALC).

"Haitian authorities must bring the perpetrators of this vicious attack on Radio Tèt Ansanm Karis to justice and ensure that radio stations, no matter how small, are allowed to cover political topics without fear of reprisals," said CPJ's Executive Director Joel Simon in a statement.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.

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