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Haiti - Security : Political intolerance endangers democratic gains
26/06/2019 09:01:45

Haiti - Security : Political intolerance endangers democratic gains
Renan Hédouville, the Protector of the Citizen, condemns the acts of violence against the media and journalists, acts that are becoming very worrying faced a climate of political intolerance endangering democratic gains and human rights principles.

It recommends to associations of journalists to the bosses of media, to accentuate, through an awareness campaign or public debates, the plea for the protection of the journalists and the premises of the media in times of disturbances or public tensions.

Renan Hédouville asked the authorities concerned to assume their responsibility in relation to the freedom of the press and the right to information in accordance with the international instruments for the protection of human rights.

List of assaults in June :
On the morning of Monday, June 24, a Radio Télé Métropole minibus was stoned by hooded individuals, while a team from the station was preparing to cover an opposition demonstration.

On the evening of Monday, June 24, heavily armed men carrying bulletproof vests attacked Marc Carl Dupiton, a correspondent for Radio Tele Ginen in Saint-Marc while he was in his vehicle on the Nationale #1 towards his private residence.

On June 22 "Vwa Peyizan Sid" (VPS) radio, Les Cayes, was the target of unidentified individuals who set fire to the radio station's entrance https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-28062-haiti-news-zapping.html

Wednesday, June 19 protesters threw stones at another vehicle from the same station at Pont-Morin https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-28038-haiti-news-zapping.html

On the night of June 17 to 18 at around 3:00 am in Croix-des-Bouquets, unidentified armed individuals opened fire on the premises of Radio Station Télé Zenith (RTZ) https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-28024-icihaiti-security-radio-tele-zenith-attacked.html

On June 10 the journalist Pétion Rospide after having animated a special show "Ti bat bouch" on "Radio Sans Fin" (RSF) was ambushed and the target of unidentified individuals at Portail Léogâne who opened fire on his vehicle. https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-27967-haiti-security-the-journalist-rospide-petion-murdered.html

On June 10th, three Radio Télé Ginen (RTG) vehicles were set on fire and windshields of several other vehicles parked in front of the broken media building. https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-27959-haiti-politic-the-state-condemns-attacks-on-journalists-and-the-media.html

More than 2 weeks ago, unidentified individuals tried to enter the compound of Union Radio in St. Marc to get their hands on the journalist Garry Philippes whom they accused of having reported the presence of armed men of Savien...

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