Miami (January 7, 2022) - The brutal murder of two Haitian reporters attributed to armed gangs in Port-au-Prince sets in motion the "macabre count" of journalists murdered in the Americas in 2022. Thus, the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) demanded a rapid investigation by the authorities and the "immediate capture and prosecution" of those responsible.
IAPA President Jorge Canahuati Larach, CEO of the Opsa Group of Honduras, regretted the event and condemned the murder. "We begin the year with a horrendous event that mourns journalism, which confirms that chaos and violence reign in Haiti after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July of last year," he said.
Journalists Wilguens Louissaint and Amady John Wesley died Thursday while covering a gang clash in the Haitian capital. The radio station Écoute FM, where Wesley worked, said the reporter was "savagely" killed. Écoute FM operates from Montreal, Canada, but suspended its coverage in Haiti in response to the crime. Louissaint was a contributor to various digital media in Port-au-Prince. Another reporter, Wilmann Vil, escaped unharmed from the shooting.
"Everything indicates that this was a deliberate attack against journalists," said the IAPA's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information chairman, Carlos Jornet, editor of the Argentine newspaper La Voz del Interior, of Córdoba, Argentina. But, he added: "the only way to stop the violence and impunity surrounding crimes against journalists is through efficient investigations and the administration of justice.
Besides Luissaint and Wesley, reporter Diego Charles died in Haiti last June after an attack that cost more lives.
The IAPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending press freedom and freedom of expression in the Americas. It comprises more than 1,300 publications in the Western Hemisphere and is headquartered in Miami, United States.