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Haiti: The judicial truth about the assassination of journalist Nhémie Joseph, a former senator indicted

  • May 7, 2024
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Central Plateau (Haiti), May 7, 2024 [AlterPresse] — Justice has issued its conclusions in the investigation into the assassination, in October 2019, of journalist Néhémie Joseph, in Mirebalais (Central Plateau) and the department’s former senator, Rony Célestin, as well as interim executive agent Lochard Laguerre (playing the role of mayor) are charged in the murder, AlterPresse has learned.

The order, which was just brought to the attention of the press this week, was issued in March 2024 by investigating judge Edwige Dorsainvil.

The other defendants are citizens Chandou Clerjeune, Elionel Casséus, Angelina Fabiola Cameau, Rosevald Douyon, Huguens Charles and Lenel as well known.

Brother Néhémie Joseph was assassinated on the evening of Thursday, October 10, 2019. He worked for the local station Radio Panic FM and was a correspondent for Radio Méga, based in Port-au-Prince.

Judge Dorsainvil’s decision was welcomed by the professional association SOS Journalistes. This is “important progress” in the matter, in a note dated May 6, 2024.

“SOS Journalists calls on the other competent judicial authorities, at this phase of the procedure, to play their part fully and quickly so that finally the relatives of the murdered journalist, the members of the press and all of society can know the real murderers and their accomplices.”

During the last weeks before the crime, the journalist Néhémie Joseph had continued to alert public opinion to the strong threats to which he was the subject in Mirebalais.

The murder of Brother Joseph followed those of photojournalist Vladjimir Legagneur (Wednesday March 14, 2018) a you co-owner of Radio sans fin (Rsf), Pétion Rospide (Monday June 10, 2019) in Port-au-Prince.

Since January 2022, 6 journalists have been murdered in Haiti.

With more than 90 Haitian journalists, the international organization Reporters Without Borders (Rsf) launched, on Tuesday April 16, 2024, an appeal to the international community and the new Presidential Transitional Council for the Protection of Journalists and the Media, so that the country does not become “an information desert”. [apr 07/05/2024 07:00]