Journalist shot and killed in Haiti, inciting more anti-government protests

Journalist shot and killed in Haiti, inciting more anti-government protests


The shooting death of a journalist in Haiti is inciting more anti-government protests in the capital city of Port-au-Prince, and marks at least the second killing of a journalist in the country this year  According to Radio Vision 2000, Néhémie Joseph’s body was found in his vehicle late Thursday in Mirebalais, about 60 miles northeast of the capital city, Port-au-Prince, AP News reports The Radio Méga reporter’s murder has not yet resulted in any arrests. Advertisement  “The press should not have to claim victims and bodies as their own,” said the Association of Professional Journalists of Artibonite in an attempt to urge justice officials to investigate Joseph’s death  Late last month, Joseph took to Facebook to say he had been threatened by some politicians after using his radio platform to accuse them of inciting protests It is unknown if this was the motive for Joseph’s death  The killing has reinvigorated protesters’ push for President Jovenel Moïse to resign as the country’s frustration over rising inflation, corruption, and a lack of basic goods continues to fester, according to AP  There is also pressure for a more in-depth investigation, the outlet notes, after a report from the country’s Senate alleges that former top government officials, who worked in the administration of former president Michel Martelly, misused at least $2 billion The money they’re accused of using was intended for social programs and linked to a Venezuelan subsidized oil program, AP reports  A company Moïse previously owned is also mentioned in the report, though he denies the allegations Moïse was hand-picked by Martelly as the new president. Though Joseph was killed in the midst of a spate of violence in and around Port-au-Prince over much of the last month, which has resulted in close to 20 deaths and 200 injuries Due to the violence, the United Nations notes that about 2 million children haven’t been able to attend school and businesses remain closed  In June, Pétion Rospide, a reporter for Radio Sans Fin, was shot and killed on his way home  In March 2018, Vladjimir Legagneur, a 30-year-old freelance photojournalist, was working on “an independent project exploring the aftermath of clashes between police and gangs in [Port-au-Prince neighborhood] Grand-Ravine,” last seen by his wife as he left their home in the capital, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists

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