Radio station is attacked with shots and firebombs in Haiti

  • Source: CPJ
  • February 7, 2022

"Around 2 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 31, an unknown number of armed individuals riding in two vehicles fired several rounds and threw Molotov cocktails into the offices of private outlet Radio Télé Zenith, located in the Croix-des-Bouquets area of the capital Port-au-Prince, according to news reports and Chimene Sylvestre, the outlet’s manager, who spoke with CPJ via messaging app. The bullets hit the entrance of the building and broke windows, and the explosions damaged some equipment and furniture, Sylvestre said.

At the time of the attack, there were at least two staff members inside the offices broadcasting a news report, but no staff were harmed, according to Sylvestre.

The outlet and the Association of Haitian Journalists (AJH), a local trade group, believe gang members perpetrated the attack because of the outlet’s gang-related coverage and previous social media threats from gang members, according to Sylvestre and a statement by the AJH, which CPJ reviewed".

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