Haiti-Press : WACC-Caribe concerned by physical integrity of haitian journalists

Posted on Thursday 17 March 2011

Press release of World Association for Christian Communication – Caribbean Region
On March 16, 2011
WACC-Caribe wishes to express its deep concern for the threats made to journalist and Goupe Medialternatif Coordinator Gotson Pierre when he was a member of a panel on the presidential debate last March 9 organized by the GIAP (Group of Intervention in Public Affairs, French acronym).
We are well aware of the destruction caused by followers of some parties in Port-au- Prince and several other cities of the country last December 8 and 9 who among other acts, harassed journalist Esther (...)

Haiti-Press : WACC calls on the Haitian authorities to protect freedom of expression in Haiti

Posted on Monday 14 March 2011

Note from Word Association for Christian Communication (WACC)
Toronto, Canada, 14 Mar 2011
Alarming threats made against journalist Gotson Pierre and freedom of expression.
The online news agency Alterpress has been threatened in the person of its director Gotson Pierre, WACC has learnt in a communiqué from another regional partner, Espacinsular in the Dominican Republic.
AlterPresse is a leading member of Groupe Médialternatif, both working for greater democracy, transparency, and accountability in Haiti. Following the earthquake disaster last year, both groups pledged support for (...)

Haitian media should be wary of Michel Martelly’s threats

Posted on Saturday 12 March 2011

Declaration of Groupe Médialternatif, 11 March 2011
Groupe Médialternatif takes very seriously the threats made by presidential candidate Joseph Michel Martelly against Gotson Pierre, editor and journalist for AlterPresse, the group’s online news agency, during a televised debate on March 9, 2011.
Related to a dossier of general public interest concerning debts owed by Martelly to U.S. banks, when asked about his management capacity and his ability to handle his eventual responsibility, the candidate flushed with anger and blurted out: “Let him bring them [the questions] on! They sent him (...)

Haiti’s Aristide should be greeted with prosecution, not praise

Posted on Thursday 24 February 2011

By Michael Deibert *
Submitted to AlterPresse on February 23, 2011
The indictment late last year by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of six prominent Kenyans for their roles in violence following that country’s disputed 2007 elections was a welcome sign for those seeking to hold politicians accountable for their crimes. Though the ICC has badly bungled what should have been its showpiece case - against the ruthless Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga - the Kenya indictments nevertheless represented a welcome extension of its continuing mission.
To those of us who have (...)

Baby Doc’s Warm Welcome Turns Frigid

Posted on Tuesday 18 January 2011

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan 18, 2011 (IPS/AlterPresse) - Human rights groups are urging Haitian authorities to seize the opportunity of former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier’s surprise return to the country Sunday to prosecute him for the atrocities committed during his 15-year reign.
Duvalier, who has been living in exile in France, was taken for questioning to the attorney-general’s office Tuesday to answer accusations of corruption, and later released.
"His fate is now in the hands of the investigating judge. We have brought charges against him," Port-au-Prince’s chief prosecutor, Aristidas (...)

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