Haiti - Sexual abuse : The newspaper «The Guardian» do it again, the Football Federation denounces
FHF statement :
"'The Guardian' has once again demonstrated its complete lack of credibility by choosing to publish a false document full of lies and baseless accusations of baseless accusations from strictly anonymous sources.
The first article by Ed Aarons, of blogger Romain Molina and Alex Cizmic made the false and scandalous claim that 'forced abortions' were the result of sexual assault in the youth training center in Croix-des- Bouquets, while their last article claims that the President fathered a good number of children with 'several' underage girls from the center. Which is it ? If there have been abortions, then where is the evidence of these medical procedures, which are illegal in Haiti ? And where are all these children who are supposed to be born ?
This is just one glaring example of bad practice by so-called Guardian reporters, who mock journalistic ethics. It should be noted that one of the article's co-authors has already been prosecuted for making defamatory statements in writings and publications on social media.
Both articles are remarkable case studies of how to level extremely serious assertions while strictly relying on anonymous quotes or readers are completely unable to verify the existence of these so-called sources or a shred of evidence to support their claims.
Although 'The Guardian' claims that investigations are underway, it absolutely does not note that the Haitian Football Federation itself initiated these requests for investigations. In addition to requesting an investigation by the Haitian authorities, the Federation asked FIFA to send experts from the FIFA Guardians / Child Protection Program to verify the conditions of its national youth training center and conduct its own investigation.
The Federation also asked a human rights organization, respected both nationally and internationally, the National Human Rights Defense Network (RNDDH), to conduct its own investigation into these allegations.
Guardian article teeming with calls for Jean-Bart's suspension, which is precisely what his political enemies are looking for by waging this war of disinformation in the media, especially international media, aimed at undermining the efforts of the President of the Federation in favor of Haiti football, dirty the Haitian Football Federation and in doing so, degrade and belittle Haiti.
Molina and The Guardian have made it clear that their goal is not journalism, but a plea to attack the character and destroy the career of the Haitian football manager and, in turn, destroy the future of hundreds of young people who dream of changing their social conditions through football."
Download the RNDDH investigation report (PDF) : https://www.haitilibre.com/docs/5-Rap-violences-sexuelles-Camp-Nou-20Mai2020.pdf
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