The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) stated on Tuesday that threats against journalists have been constant over the last year in Haiti, and that physical attacks on reporters continue, such as the one suffered by Georges Allen at the hands of National Police agents.
The IAPA, which began its 76th General Assembly for the first time virtually today, said that Haitian press unions demand an end to all acts of violence against the press and ensure that journalists and the media, their lives and properties, “have become the daily target of attacks in Haiti and the government must assume its responsibilities.”
The entity’s report highlighted that the Haitian National Media Associations (ANMH) and the Haitian Independent Media Associations (AMIH) denounced on April 29 the physical attack against Allen, a television journalist, which occurred in Port-au-Prince while ruling a curfew.
The journalist had a credential and regulatory pass issued by the authorities.
These unions have demanded that the Government and the General Inspectorate of the National Police initiate an investigation into this incident, identify the individuals involved in the act of violence and announce sanctions against those responsible.
“On September 14, Patrick Moussignac, general director of Radio Télé Caraïbes, warned that anonymous organizations announced on social networks” imminent attacks “against that television station, said the IAPA, which attributes the information to the ANMH.
The Constitution and laws guarantee freedom of the press and freedom of expression as “pillars” that feed ideological pluralism, the continental organization added.
Likewise, the Association of Haitian Journalists (AJH) denounced acts of intimidation and attacks against Cenès Joseph, a reporter for radio Phénix Inter and a correspondent for Radio Sans Fin (RSF) in Maïssade.
Joseph denounced that he had been threatened since July 9 by activists close to the ruling Tèt Kale party (PHTK).
On July 28, Sétoute Yvens, a cameraman and reporter for radio TV Mégastar, was attacked in Cité Soleil.
Furthermore, the AJH denounced that Pradel Alexandre, a correspondent for Radio Nationale d’Haïti in Saint-Marc and president of the Artibonite Journalists Federation, was threatened with death by the leader of the Savien gang, in the Petite-Rivière commune de l’Artibonite, Odma Louissaint.
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