Armed attack against the location of Radio Tele Kiskeya
Here is a picture resulting from Armed attack against the location of Radio Télé Kiskeya.
On Tuesday morning, December 1, 2015, around 1:00 AM, some unidentified gunmen shot on the premises of Haiti's popular Radio Television Kiskeya. Kiskeya is a live radio station broadcasting from Port Au Prince, which is dedicated to News Caribbean Pop. Over the years, the Kiskeya has remained the subject of numerous threats. On September 26, 2002, Radio Kiskeya was forced off the air amid a flurry of threats and warning after SWAT team arrested Rosemond Jean, a leader of the victims of a pyramid cooperative investment scandal. Jean was tortured by the CIMO and the Palace security officials at the National Palace. In its response, the airwaves of Radio Kiskeya did not remain silent; it was live in denouncing the move and about the mysterious disappearance of Felix Bien-Aime, a political activist and one time associate of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
On that occasion, they received a threat that the station would be burned down on September 26th. Thus, as a consequence, the management of the radio service Kiskeya run by veteran journalists Marvel Dandin and Lilianne Pierre-Paul, was obliged to cease operations, evacuate the office and went off the air.
The attack on Tuesday morning was the first armed attack on the radio station. Fortunately, no casualties were reported. Few bullets hit the building's main front, gate and a front door window. The National Police has opened an investigation. A forensic team visited the spot few hours later and has collected evidence for the investigation. The gun attack came at a time when the country is passing through a tensed electoral crisis. As per Senator Simon Desras, who had served two terms as president of Haiti's Senate before his dismissal on January 2015, the plan to attack Radio Télé Kiskeya was hatched at the Prime Minister's office to silence certain media.
It is learnt that Radio Television, Zenith has also been receiving similar threats. Some people running for the mayoral contest in Croix-des-Bouquets came with gasoline canisters with plan to burn down the Radio station. The Radio and news agencies are being pressurized not to air or circulate news as they wish to publicize. Neither the office of the outgoing President Martelly nor the "Core Group" in Haiti has commented on these threats and attacks. 'Core Group' consists a group of Ambassadors from Brazil, Canada, United States, France, Spain, and the European Union, However, the Ministry of Communications has communicated its strong condemnation of the intolerable act and expressed sympathy to Mr. Marvel Dandin, the Director General of Radio Kiskeya.