Haiti - Diaspora : TF1 did not broadcast the images of the Haitian delegation at the Olympics (open letter)
Open letter :
1, quai du Point du Jour
92100 Boulogne Billancourt
Paris, July 30, 2012
For the attention of Ms. Catherine Nayl
Director of Information
CC. Mr. Harry Roselmack
Mr. Gilles Bouleau,
Lady and Gentlemen,
The Federation of the Haitian Diaspora in Europe wants, by this letter, to express its great disappointment after a serious incident at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, which has hit right in the heart the 200,000 Haitians living in France. While all the communities have seen with joy and happiness the athletes representing their home country [at the opening of Olympic games], the Haitian community has been deprived to see his athletes. The Haitian delegation in London has been cleared by TF1, "zapped", you would say, of your screens; commentators choosing to be interested only to the French athletes. While we understand the enthusiasm of your commentateurs by the passage of athletes tricolor, we wonder, however, on the fact of having swept the Haitian athletes. Why ?
Given the professionalism whose knows how to show your chain, the sole, in France, to have acquired the broadcast rights of this global event, we take the liberty to think that it can not be a simple mistake.
We recognize the enormous challenges advertising challenges that represent these athletes and these Games for TF1. We also know that the mark France must be seen, understood, appreciated, loved. Ourselves we are very committed, kneaded of republican values, mindful of the strong historical ties that bind France to Haiti, two sister nations, bound by a colonial history to rebounds. So you know, like us, that at Stadium Stratford this Friday night, it was not just question of sports but also of images, of visibility. Hence our anger in the absence of the mark Haiti on your antennas.
After the earthquake of January 12, 2010, the cameras of the world, yours included, have turned to Haiti. Since then the country licking its wounds, and now Haiti is in a rebuilding phase... Its presence in London is part of this reconstruction. The meaning of our passage was part not only in a framework strictly sporting but above all, in these difficult times for us, in a political context. The mark of Haiti as the mark France, must be seen. It is her legitimate right, especially when the whole world can see it at a event as important.
Ladies and gentlemen, the fact of having ignored the passage of the Haitian athletes did not hurt only the Haitians, or the Franco-Haitian. This fault - voluntary ? - has deeply shocked all those who believe in the values of Olympism : sharing, RESPECT, universality. Also, the Federation of Haitian Diaspora in Europe, expects of your team if not a public apology in one of your shows in prime at least an explanation. The ideal would be the broadcasting, finally, of these images of the Haitian delegation, who have been unjustly ignored by TF1. It will be justice.
We have no idea to erect ourselves as prosecutors clumsy and of bad faith. However, you will understand our emotions and our legitimate anger.
Pending the consideration of our comments above, receive, Lady and Gentlemen, the expression of our distinguished salutations.
For the Federation of Haitian Diaspora Europe FEDHE
PS: This letter will be distributed on social networks and will be sent to the Franco-Haitian associations and representatives of the Haitian government in France."
The Haitian community in France is scandalized