On Friday July 31, the man of the theater and career journalist, icon of the Haitian press, Anthony Pascal, alias “ Konpè Filo “, died at the age of 67 (11 March 1953), following a heart attack, during his transfer to the Mirebalais university hospital. In a note, Pradel Henriquez, the Minister of Culture, said to have learned “with emotion, the sad news of the death of Anthony Pascal”, said Konpè Filo which occurred this Friday, July 31, 2020.  “The host of the show” Kalfou “, on Télé Ginen always fought to defend the values of our culture in particular. The main objective of this program was, in fact, to awaken the consciousness of young people, by promoting the meeting of different generations. In all the contemporary history of the press in Haiti, from the avant-Duvalier, 1986 to the present day, Konpè Filo remained, until his death, one of the most worthy journalists, the most humble and the most incorruptible. Konpè Filo left, leaving behind a whole Nation in pain and sorrow. The Ministry salutes this Mapou who has served the Nation “, said Pradel Henriquez.
Anthony Pascal, better known under the name of Konpè Filo, was a committed journalist, around 50 years of career. He obtained on stage, as an actor on the stage, the pseudonym “ Konpè Filo “. Very humble, very discreet, generous, he began to be known in the Haitian press, on Radio Haiti-Inter, in the 1970s. The young people of that time remember the tandem Konpè Filo / Lilianne, who hosted the evening news (9:00 pm) on Radio Haiti-Inter, during the dictatorship of Jean-Claude Duvalier. The tandem Konpè Filo / Lilianne used pictorial expressions ( kanntè = for makeshift boats which took many compatriots to the sea, on their way to more hospitable lands, machwè won tonbe = in reference to overthrown dictators, fann fwa etc.), to speak it in daki in coded language that the population understood very well under the dictatorship .
After November 28, 1980, during the roundup of journalists, human rights activists, political leaders, by the dictatorship of Jean-Claude Duvalier, who accused them of communists ( nou pa vle kominis could one read on a banner placed in the vicinity of the National Palace, from Saturday November 29, 1980), Anthony Pascal was going to be arrested and severely molested by the henchmen of Jean-Claude Duvalier. Konpè Filo went into exile after November 28, 1980.
Back home, in 1986, he was going to take over the necklace at Radio Haiti-Inter, alongside Lilianne Pierre-Paul, Marvel Dandin, Sonny Bastien… Years later, he will host a program on the television channel Canal 11.
After Canal 11, he will become, for several years until his death, the host of the program Kalfou on Télé Ginen . On his return from exile in 1986, Konpè Filo would develop special relationships in Ayisyan Vodou, in the promotion of which he was very involved.
It is in the outskirts of Martissant (south of the capital), where he lived with his parents, in the family house, which Konpè Filo would reside and spend his last days. Many relatives feared for his safety in Martissant, an area of armed gang violence in recent years in Haiti.
The Journal Haiti-Progrès team expresses its sympathies to his family, to the entire Radio Télé team Ginen and to all the Haitian press, grieved by this mourning.