Tuesday, June 11, 2019 ((rezonodwes.com)) – The Haitian press is in mourning. Rospide Petition, journalist and co-owner of Radio Sans Fin (RSF) was murdered Monday night in Port-au-Prince with a bullet to the head.
The Conference of Haitian Pastors (COPAH) bows to the remains of this journalist whose lawless thugs have prematurely ended life. It is an act that puts an end to the journalistic corporation, is a testimony of the accelerated deterioration of the country's security situation.
This abominable crime comes on top of an already long list of murdered journalists whose killers still run the streets with impunity. It is also a significant indicator of the seriousness of the general situation of the country, which is not managed and where the citizens are not protected.
At the same time, the Conference of Haitian Pastors (COPAH) condemns the attack perpetrated against the Ginen radio stations in the middle of the day, this Monday, June 10, 2019. The station recorded significant losses during this attack. Indeed, equipment of retransmission and vehicles of the station left in smoked.
These acts which tend to multiply, threaten dangerously the freedom of expression and the press in Haiti. We can not forget already, the fire that devastated radio Kiskeya on December 21, 2018. So far, nothing has been done to elucidate the causes of this fire that seems
suspicious for more than one.
The Conference of Haitian Pastors reiterates its support and solidarity to all the media including Radio Ginen and Radio Zenith and to all journalists who suffer aggression from police or intolerant and fanatical groups from different sectors. 19659002] Repeated attacks recently on the media and some journalists are unacceptable and contrary to the democratic aspirations of the Haitian people. They reflect the state of decay of the socio-economic and political crisis that affects the country. The bolts are fired, the collapsed state and all the republican institutions are dilapidated and do not fulfill their mission. In this particularly turbulent context, the press must be the last defense of
democracy and freedom of expression. It must be kept and protected.
Democracy and freedom of expression are closely linked. Whenever freedom of expression and the press is threatened, it is democracy that regresses. It is therefore questioned. In a democracy, freedom of the press must never be questioned or threatened.
No group or sector is allowed to interfere with the freedom of the press, which is called upon to play a role of scout and avant-garde and counter-power in a democratic society.
COPAH urges all sectors of the country, beyond political and ideological differences, not to give in to the temptation to attack the freedom of press. It encourages the media and journalists to continue to practice their profession in serenity to preserve the freedom of expression for which many sacrifices have been made.
Long live the freedom of the press!
Port-au-Prince, June 11, 2019
Rev. Abraham Loreston Rev Dorvila Normil
Coordinator Deputy Executive Secretary