“Crime and Barbarism”: Two Haitian journalists were killed by gang | Free Press News

Wilguens Louissaint and Amady John Wesley were killed by gang members in the suburbs of Port-au-Prince on Thursday.

Journalists and press freedom advocates strongly condemned the killing of two Haitian journalists on the outskirts of the capital Port-au-Prince because this Caribbean country continues to Surge of violence.

Eckert FM told AFP that Wilkins Lewis Center and Amadi John Wesley were killed in a shooting on Thursday. The third reporter who was with them at the time escaped.

in a statement On Thursday evening, radio director-general Francky Attis posted on the radio station’s Facebook page that Wesley had been “armed gangsters” in the Boule 12 neighborhood while reporting on the security situation in the area. Beaten and burned alive.

Artis said: “We condemn this crime and barbarism in the strongest terms. It severely violates the right to life of ordinary people, especially the right of journalists to freely exercise their profession in the country.”

After Haiti has experienced more and more gang violence July Assassination President Jovenel Moise, armed groups control entire neighborhoods and main roads inside and outside the capital.

Laboule 12, reported by three reporters on Thursday, was the subject of fierce fighting between several armed groups trying to secure its control.

In addition to the main road, the route through the area is the only option to reach the southern half of the country, which has been controlled by one of Haiti’s strongest gangs since June.

The country also saw Increase in kidnappings According to data from the Human Rights Analysis and Research Center in Port-au-Prince, in the past year, Haiti recorded at least 950 kidnappings in ransom.

Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry promised to fight against gangs, October said “If we do not arm ourselves with the courage to fight and eliminate this scourge, there will be no real solution to the national problem.”

But the violence continues, Henry forced to flee Gunfire in the northern city of Gonaives last weekend.

Women walking next to a mural depicting the murdered Haitian President Jovenel MoiseHaitian President Jovenel Moise was killed at his home in Port-au-Prince in July [File: Rodrigo Abd/AP Photo]

Call for justice

The impunity of gangs highlights the weaknesses of the Haitian criminal justice system, in which investigations are rarely successful.

The assassination of Haitian journalist Jean Dominique (the most famous journalist in the island country at the time) in April 2000 has not yet been resolved.

In June, Haitian journalist Diego Charles was Be killed With opposition activist Antoinette Duclair and 13 others in Port-au-Prince. Law enforcement agencies have not identified the perpetrators of the shooting.

On Friday, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned the killing of two journalists at Laboule 12 this week and called on the Haitian authorities to “disclose the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice”.

“In recent years, working conditions in the Haitian press have continued to deteriorate,” press freedom organization Say On Twitter.

Attis, Director General of Radio Ecoute FM, headquartered in Montreal, Canada, agrees with this, which is home to a large Haitian community.

“In the face of increasing insecurity, crime and an atmosphere of impunity,” he wrote in a statement on Thursday, “we ask the relevant authorities to take responsibility and create favorable safety conditions for everyone.”