Haiti : On the passing of Jean-Claude Bajeux

Posted on Monday 8 August 2011

By Michael Deibert *
Transmittted to AlterPresse on August 6, 2011
I was sitting in my study in New Orleans working on a book on the Democratic Republic of Congo when I heard the news that Jean-Claude Bajeux had passed. Bajeux, co-founder of the Centre Oecuménique des Droits de l’Homme (CEDH), former Minister of Culture, militant for human rights and democracy and great Haitian patriot, was 79.
Since I started visiting Haiti in 1997, I got to know Bajeux and his wife, Sylvie over the years, both of a generation that fought hard against the 1957-1986 Duvalier family (father François and (...)

Haiti-Education : A literacy campaign for Haitians?

Posted on Thursday 2 June 2011

By Peter Costantini
Transmitted to AlterPresse on May 31, 2011 Across the Haitian political spectrum, education has emerged as a central theme in plans for reconstruction and future development of the country.
In his inaugural speech, President Michel Joseph Martelly proposed providing free education for all children. And former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, when he returned to Haiti recently, said that he hoped to make education the main focus of his efforts.
The education of children is rightfully their primary concern. But in a nation where 55 percent of adults cannot read (...)

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 (...)

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