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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-Elections : Analyzing the work of the Expert Mission

Posted on Sunday 16 January 2011

By James Morrell
Submitted to AlterPresse on January 14, 2010
Many have noticed that the finding of the experts’ mission in favor of Martelly rests on a razor-thin margin of 3,225 votes out of the 1.1 million received by all candidates, or 0.3 percent. Making the conclusion even more precarious, an analysis of the 17,220 votes for Célestin that the experts disallowed shows at most 12,316 to be related to the issue of excessive votes for one candidate, leaving the other 4,904 resting on various technical issues. If, by some vicissitude, these technical exclusions were overturned for (...)

Haiti : Reflections in a time of crisis

Posted on Sunday 16 January 2011

Par Jean-Claude Dutès *
Submitted to AlterPresse on January 11, 2011
“Celui qui oublie s’égare et se perd à jamais dans le labyrinthe de son propre passé, retraçant toujours les chemins déjà parcourus.”
We ignore the warning after the earthquake ravaged Cap Haïtien in 1842. We did not heed the message after floods nearly destroyed Gonaives in May 2005. And we misunderstood the urgency after Mapou was inundated by floods in October 1954 and buried in mud in June 2004.
Perhaps, now, more than ever is a time for self examination, a time to ask questions, as we seek to understand our (...)

Haiti : 12 January 2011 and Us

Posted on Thursday 6 January 2011

By Ericq Pierre *
Submitted to AlterPresse on 5 January 2011
The anniversary of the earthquake is in one week, on January 12. Never before had Haiti seen so many victims from a single catastrophe in so short a time. Never had Haitians experienced such solidarity, nor received so much attention from abroad and from the international community. So much attention that they never had time to mourn their dead as befitted, with a few rare exceptions. We did not fittingly mourn our dead, because they were too numerous. Because many were still buried in rubble. Because too many people were (...)

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