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Hati – Media: Dramatic situation of journalists in Hati

  • May 4, 2024
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Haiti – Media: Dramatic situation of journalists in Haiti
04/05/2024 10:05:28

As part of World Press Freedom Day, the Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) reiterates its concern about the serious situation of journalists in Haiti , a country currently facing the greatest challenges to press freedom in the hemisphere.

Since July 2021, the Office of the Special Rapporteur has recorded the killing of 11 journalists, most of them as part of their coverage of clashes between criminal gangs for territorial control; the kidnapping of at least 10 journalists as part of a strategy of intimidation and extortion by armed groups; the forced internal displacement of 9 journalists and their families; the exile of at least 3 additional journalists; attacks against at least 10 journalists who, although they carried out their work during multiple demonstrations, were injured by various projectiles as well as armed attacks against the headquarters of 2 media outlets.

Finally, the Office of the Special Rapporteur announces that it is preparing a report whose objective is to assess the difficulties encountered by journalists in Haiti in the exercise of their work, and the impact that this has on the media ecosystem. The report will discuss in detail the value of journalism in guiding national and international responses to the crises in Haiti by civil society actors, state institutions and the international community. As part of this report, the rapporteur will continue to dialogue with local journalists and international correspondents to monitor the situation of press freedom in the country.

HL/ HaitiFree

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