Haiti – Media: Dramatic situation of journalists in Haiti


Haiti – Media: Dramatic situation of journalists in Haiti
04/05/2024 10:11:37

Haiti - Media: Dramatic situation of journalists in Haiti

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

Since July 2021, the Office of the Special Rapporteur has recorded the killings of eleven journalists, most in the context of their reporting on clashes between criminal gangs for territorial control; the kidnapping of at least ten press workers as a strategy of intimidation and extortion by armed groups; the forced internal displacement of nine journalists and their families; the exile of at least three more reporters; aggression against at least ten reporters who, despite working during multiple protests, were injured by deadly projectiles and canisters; as well as armed attacks on the headquarters of two media outlets.

Finally, the Office of the Special Rapporteur announces that it is preparing a report aimed at assessing the difficulties that journalists in Haiti face in carrying out their work, and the impact this has on the media ecosystem. The report will 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 Rapporteurship will continue to engage with local reporters and international correspondents to monitor the press freedom situation in the country.

HL/HaitiLibre