The Fiji Times

Journalist’s killing fuels ire in Haiti


PORT-AU-PRINCE – The killing of a journalist who had closely covered Haiti’s political and economic crisis fuelled the anger of protesters on Friday, as they clashed with police and pressed calls for the president of the impoverish­ed nation to resign.

Nehemie Joseph was found dead in his car with several gunshot wounds to the head late on Thursday, according to his media outlet Radio Mega.

Violent crime is rife in Haiti, and the circumstan­ces behind Joseph’s killing were not immediatel­y known.

He had complained publicly last month of threats from politician­s close to the government over his work, but Haiti’s police had no immediate comment on the killing. A government spokesman lamented the death on Twitter but offered no further comment.

The country’s online media associatio­n said Joseph was the third journalist to have been killed or “disappeare­d” since Jovenel Moise became president two and a half years ago.

“The surge in attacks on the media is very worrying,” said internatio­nal rights group Reporters Without Borders, calling on authoritie­s to step up protection for journalist­s. Opposition-led protests over fuel shortages, galloping inflation and allegation­s of corruption by public officials have rocked Haiti for the past four weeks.

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