2 journalists killed in Haiti as gang violence spikes Lalrp


SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Two native journalists have been killed in Haiti over the previous couple of weeks as rampant gang violence has gripped the capital of Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas.

The Committee to Defend Journalists mentioned in a press release Thursday that radio reporter Dumesky Kersaint was fatally shot in mid-April, whereas journalist Ricot Jean was discovered useless on Tuesday.

“The safety disaster within the nation is placing journalists at a relentless threat of maximum violence. It’s the authorities’ duty to ensure reporters can do their jobs with out concern of violence,” mentioned Carlos Martínez de la Serna, CPJ’s program director.

The Nationwide Affiliation of Haitian Media additionally condemned the killings, including that the “local weather of tolerated and fueled violence” led to Kersaint’s demise. He was an internet journalist for Radio Tele INUREP, in accordance with native media stories.

In the meantime, Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste reported that Jean was kidnapped on Monday and his physique found the next day. Jean labored for Radio-Tele Evolution Inter, it mentioned.

A minimum of 9 journalists have been killed in Haiti final 12 months, the deadliest 12 months for Haitian journalism in latest historical past, in accordance with UNESCO.

General, no less than 21 journalists have been killed from 2000 to 2022 in Haiti, the group mentioned.