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Haiti - Communication : World Press Freedom Day
03/05/2011 12:57:11

Haiti - Communication : World Press Freedom Day
Marie Laurence Jocelyn Lassègue, the Minister of Culture and Communication, on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day, this Tuesday May 3, 2011, has called yesterday Monday, in a speech for the circumstance, to the strengthening of the organizations of journalists to, among others, to better defend their rights and preserve the freedom of expression in the country.

"During the past 15 years, more than a thousand workers of the press died in the exercise of their duties [...] During the first months of this year 2011, journalists from around the world have been killed and persecuted in the exercise of their profession. The Government of Haiti, once again, has condemned as usual with the greatest firmness, the most rigorous these acts. Therefore, the duty of memory, the duty of gratitude makes us think of those who are no longer there [...] This year we have a special thought for the journalist of Radio Kiskeya, Jean Louis Charles Richard and his family [...] I can not ignore the media professionals who have been killed in the earthquake of January 12, 2010. They will remain etched in our memory of people for a long time [...]

On Tuesday, May 3, 2011, World Day of Press Freedom, we remember that it is the United Nations General Assembly, two decades ago, which had celebrated for the first time that day. As is done in many countries, Haitian media participate to this celebration. This is an opportunity for media, press officers, journalists, communication professionals to assess the state of press freedom around the world, of course, but throughout our country, make a balance sheet, an inventory, a state of the place.

This is also an opportunity to remind to the States, the respect of the commitments they have took toward this freedom of the press. [...] One of the greatest achievements in Haiti since February 7, 1986 this is firstly the freedom of expression, the possibility that the men, the women, organizations, the civil society have to say, in peace, what they thinks, but it is also the possibility for the press to make the relay, and do it objectively... [...] It is therefore necessary to fight every day to preserve this freedom"

The Minister recognizes that this freedom of press is not really threatened in Haiti today, without referring to the case of three journalists of the National Television of Haiti revoked by the Director-General, because of political preferences different from those of the direction during the presidential campaign. The Ministry of Culture has taken steps to "strengthen its capacity for public communication" to the eve of the hurricane season has informed Marie Laurence Jocelyn Lassègue, adding that "the information and communication have an important role to play in the process of reconstruction of country."

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