At least 5 journalists were injured during anti-government protests in Haiti

"At least five journalists who were covering anti-government protests in Haiti have suffered injuries from being shot, beaten and hit by projectiles in anti-government protests within the last two weeks. On Thursday [Feb. 8], freelance journalist Jean Marc Jean was struck in the face by a tear gas canister fired by an officer with the […]

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Haitian press leaves behind less deadly year, but remains in grave danger

"Journalist murders decreased in Haiti in 2023 compared to the previous year, but the local press continued to be a victim of crimes, kidnappings, and multiple threats due to high levels of instability and violence prevailing in the country. The absence of guarantees, the lack of minimum safety conditions, and the high degree of impunity […]

‘I’ll be killed if they find me’: Radio reporter Maxo Dorvil flees Haiti amid gang violence

“Haitian radio journalist Maxo Dorvil fled the country on November 7, 2023, after reporting that he was shot at twice in less than two weeks near his home on the outskirts of the capital Port-au-Prince. The 44-year-old journalist with the independent broadcaster Radio Télé Zip said he was shot at by two armed men on […]

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Journalists from Colombia, Guatemala and Haiti among nominees for RSF Press Freedom Awards

Reporters Without Borders (RSF, for its acronym in French) announced the journalists nominated for its thirty-first edition of the Press Freedom Awards, which will be presented on Nov. 28 in Brussels. There are 21 journalists, photographers, media outlets and press associations nominated in the three categories of the awards: Courage, Impact and Independence. RSF also […]

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Haiti joins list of countries where killers of journalists most likely to go unpunished

"Crisis-hit Haiti has emerged as one of the countries where murderers of journalists are most likely to go free, the Committee to Protect Journalists’ 2023 Global Impunity Index has found. A devastating combination of gang violence, chronic poverty, political instability, and a dysfunctional judiciary are behind the Caribbean country’s first inclusion on CPJ’s annual list […]

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Rum company owner sues Haitian news site AyiboPost, editor-in-chief for criminal defamation

"The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the criminal defamation suit filed by the owner of the rum company Rhum Barbancourt against the independent news website AyiboPost and its editor-in-chief, Widlore Mérancourt, and calls on Haitian authorities to repeal the country’s punitive criminal defamation laws, the organization said Friday [Oct. 6]. On Sept. 14, […]

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Office of the Special Rapporteur condemns the escalation of violence against journalists in Haiti and calls for comprehensive solutions

“The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression (RELE) of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns the escalation of violence against journalists and media outlets in Haiti and urges the authorities to carry out a full and effective investigation of the facts, and to increase their efforts to protect the press […]

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Reporters in Haiti flee gang violence surge in capital’s neighborhood

"The Committee to Protect Journalists on Wednesday [August 6] expressed grave concern that the rapidly deteriorating situation in Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince could put journalists at greater risk than other civilians if they are singled out for their work documenting the situation on the ground. CPJ has learned that at least five reporters have fled their […]

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Haitian radio journalist’s home destroyed in arson attack

"The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the August 23 arson attack on the home of radio reporter Arnold Junior Pierre and calls on Haitian authorities to restore order to the country so journalists can do their jobs without fear of retaliation. On August 23, unidentified armed individuals set fire to Pierre’s home and several other […]

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Radio commentator Brown Larose survives gunshot in Haiti

"Haitian authorities must investigate the recent shooting of radio commentator Brown Larose and take steps to ensure that journalists can work freely in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday [Aug. 16]. At about 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 11, an unidentified man wearing a police uniform shot Larose six times outside his home […]