Miami (November 9, 2022) - The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) condemned the murder Fritz Dorilas, the eighth journalist killed this year in Haiti. The organization underscored the insecurity in which journalists work in the climate of generalized violence affecting the country.
Fritz Dorilas, co-host of the Saturday program "Le droit, la loi et la justice" (The law and justice) on Radio Megastar, was killed on November 5 in the Tabarre neighborhood, northeast of Port-au-Prince. According to local media, armed individuals shot Dorilas near his home during gang clashes. Other information indicated that the journalist was forcibly taken from his home in Carradeux and executed while the shooting occurred. However, the police have not yet confirmed the facts.
The new IAPA president, Michael Greenspon, Global Head, NYT Licensing & Print Innovation, The New York Times Company, New York, United States, condemned the crime against the journalist and reiterated the organization's commitment and solidarity with Haitian colleagues.
The chairman of the IAPA's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Carlos Jornet, said: "We continue to deplore crimes against journalists this bloody year in our region." Jornet, the editor of La Voz del Interior of Argentina, urged the authorities to investigate the crime's motives and administer justice. He added: "The lack of justice gives even more incentive to the violent individuals."
Dorilas' murder adds to the crimes of seven other Haitian journalists this year. They are Romelo Vilsaint, Radio Télé Zenith, killed on October 30; Tess Garry, Radio Lebon FM, October 24; Frantzsen Charles, FS NEWS and Tayson Lartigue, Tijèn Jounalis, September 11; Maxihen Lazarre, Rois des Infos, February 23; Wilguens Louissaint, a contributor to various digital media, and Amady John Wesley, radio station Écoute FM, January 6, 2022.
In 2022, 39 journalists and media personnel were murdered in 10 countries in the Americas: 19 in Mexico, 7 in Haiti, 3 in Honduras and Colombia, 2 in Ecuador, and one in Guatemala, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, and the United States.
IAPA is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending and promoting freedom of the press and expression in the Americas. It comprises more than 1,300 publications from the western hemisphere; and is based in Miami, Florida, United States.