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06/11/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/11/2019 13:55

Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti

A presenter for Radio Sans Fin, Rospide was driving through Portail Léogâne, a fairly dangerous neighbourhood, yesterday evening when gunmen approached his car and opened fire, wounding him fatally. He managed to drive a few more metres before succumbing to his gunshot injuries. While on the air a few hours prior to his murder, Rospide had criticized the protesters who set fire to four cars belonging to another Port-au-Prince radio station, Radio Télé Ginen, earlier yesterday.

'The Haitian authorities must shed all possible light on Pétion Rospide's shocking execution-style murder and bring those responsible to justice,' said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF's Latin America bureau. 'It is also the government's job to guarantee the safety of journalists covering the protests. They have a key role to play in the current turmoil.'

Rospide's murder followed several days of protests in both the capital and provinces calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse, who is accused of corruption. The protests have been marked by violence and clashes between police, protesters and armed groups. Richardson Jourdan, a journalist with state-owned Télévision Nationale d'Haïti, was badly beaten by protesters in Port-au-Prince on 9 June.

Freelance photographer Vladjimir Legagneur has meanwhile been missing since 14 March 2018. Haiti is ranked 62nd out of 180 countries in RSF's 2019 World Press Freedom Index.