FHF press release
Croix des Bouquets, Friday, May 22, 2020 ((rezonodwes.com)) – – The Haitian Football Federation today issued the following statement following the publication of the second attack on the President Yves Jean-Bart of the British newspaper The Guardian.
The Guardian once again demonstrated its total lack of credibility by choosing to publish a false document full of lies and baseless accusations baseless from strictly anonymous sources.  The first article by Ed Aarons, 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 at 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 one 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.
The two articles are remarkable case studies of how to level extremely serious claims while relying strictly 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 has itself initiated these requests for investigations. In addition to requesting an investigation from 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
The Federation also asked a nationally and internationally respected human rights organization, the National Human Rights Network (RNDDH), to conduct its own investigation into these allegations. These are hardly actions you would not expect from an organization seeking to cover up dishonest and subversive activities. Instead, the FHF shows transparency and good intentions and shows a desire to refute the false accusations brought against Yves Jean Bart.
The Guardian article is full of calls for the suspension of Jean-Bart, which is precisely what his political enemies are looking for by waging this war of disinformation in the media, especially international, aimed at undermining the efforts of the President of the Federation in favor of Haiti football, smear the Haitian Football Federation and, in doing so, to degrade and belittle Haiti.
Molina and The Guardian made it clear that their goal was not journalism, but a plea to attack the character and destroy the career of the Haitian football official and, in turn, destroy the the future of hundreds of young people who dream of changing their social conditions through football.