Port-au-Prince Tuesday, July 16, 2019 ((rezonodwes.com)) – The Haitian press is devoting a lot of time these days to protests against corruption and institutional relations on the Petrocaribe fund. What is important!
However, the denunciation of corruption, waste, mismanagement and misappropriation of funds for “development”, “reconstruction” and “humanitarian aid” does not date today. Haitian journalists unveiled the wheels of corruption long before the waves of protests against the oil and gas scandal
A book of more than three dozen recently published journalistic investigations examines cases of corruption and / or mismanagement by foreign NGOs, the World Bank and other multilateral organizations, local and foreign companies and foreign and Haitian politicians following the earthquake of January 12, 2010.
Title AYITI KALE JE – Anthology 2010- 2013: Investigative work this 290-page book brings together the French versions of the 39 investigations conducted by Haiti Grassroots Watch / Ayiti Kale Je, a Haitian media consortium of investigation formed in 2010 and which published for 3 years multilingual multimedia content: texts in French and English and sometimes in Spanish, broadcast by local media and rangers, audio programs in Haitian Creole broadcast by community and commercial radio, videos in Creole subtitled in English broadcast on Youtube and on some Haitian and foreign local television channels.
The consortium consisted of 5 entities: the Group Medialternative / AlterPresse, Society of Animation and Social Communication (SAKS), Students of the Faculty of Human Sciences of the State University of Haiti (UEH), and journalists of the Women's Network of Haitian Community Radios (REFRAKA) and the Haitian Community Media Association (AMEKA), a structure that brings together members of community radio throughout the country.
Investigations have allowed, on the one hand, to expose bad practices, such as , for example the millions distilled and wasted in “T-shelters”, the illegal exploitation of gold by Canadian and American companies seniors, the non-reconstruction of housing, corruption in the distribution of food aid, the implementation of a multi-million dollar program of the World Bank that weakens the social fabric instead of encouraging democratic structures , etc.
Investigations were also conducted on the projects financed by the Petrocaribe fonds: files 21 and 39.
The book is published by the Knowledge and Freedom Foundation (FOKAL), one of the organizations that financed the consortium. It is the first collection of Haitian journalistic investigations. It was launched on January 18, 2019 during an event organized by the Foundation and a two-day workshop on investigative journalism. The book is on sale at the Librairie la Pleiade in Port-au-Prince, and will be distributed in about fifty libraries and
in dozens of newsrooms.
Jane Regan  Former Coordinator of Ayiti Kale Je