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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 […]

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Kidnapped journalist Blondine Tanis freed in Haiti

"Haitian journalist, Blondine Tanis, was released on Sunday night [July 30], following the payment of a ransom to the individuals who kidnapped her. After her release, Tanis was taken to a hospital. She was beaten by her captors to force her relatives to pay, according to local media. The co-host of the program "Tribune Matinale […]

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Haiti: Broadcaster Radio Antarctique is burned down in gang attack

"Haitian law enforcement must thoroughly investigate the July 23 arson attack on independent local station Radio Antarctique and ensure that journalists can work without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. Around 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 23, about 50 heavily armed men with assault-style rifles attacked the town of Liancourt in […]

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Journalist Blondine Tanis is kidnapped in Haiti; it is the sixth kidnapping of a press member in the country so far this year

"A journalist has been kidnapped in the Haitian capital, [which represents] the sixth kidnapping affecting the Haitian press this year. Blondine Tanis, co-host of the 'Tribune Matinale' program broadcast on Radio Rénovation FM (107.1FM), fell into the hands of her captors on Friday, July 21, as she was entering her home in the Delmas neighborhood, […]

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10 journalists murdered in Latin America in first half of 2023, Press Emblem Campaign reports

"Fewer journalists were killed in the first six months of this year, the Press Emblem Campaign (PEC) said on Thursday [July 6, 2023]. Since January, 27 journalists have paid for their profession with their lives in 17 countries. This is the lowest figure recorded in more than 15 years. […] From January up to June […]