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.
Here is a picture of Lilianne Pierre-Paul, reporter for Radio Haiti International in the 1980s.
The relentless efforts to expose social problems and injustice have always forced Lilianne Pierre-Paul to remain the most outspoken critic of the government since the final days of the Duvalier regime. Lilianne is the star reporter of 'Radio Haiti International and Radio Kiskeya'. She is a pride of the Haitian society, President of the Association of Haitian Media and also the leading reporter and a regular host of Radio Kiskeya. In recent times, she was vocal against all irregularities and election frauds of Martelly administration as well. Her bold reporting curtailed the Pierre-Paul's movement, she was imprisoned for her views on governments, faced numerous death threats and she was on several hit lists. Many times, her entry was prohibited from entering certain government buildings and Lilianne was sent on a six-year exile in Venezuela and Curacao-- but she has always refused to remain silent. Her devotion and commitment helped her to win the 'Courage Journalism Award' in 1990 by the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF). She won the 'Roc Cadet SOS Freedom Prize' in 2014. On December 13, 2012, she was honored by the 'Havana Guitar Show'.
Here is a picture of Radio personality Liliane Pierre Paul as she was very emotional during a ceremony organized on her behalf in February, 2016.
This was organized in response to the degrading Carnival song produced by President Michel Martelly about Liliane
As per Dandin's statement the threats of these two friends of the President (Jojo and Roro), are not only against Liliane Pierre-Paul and Monard Metellus-- it challenges everyone. Liliane Pierre-Paul is a star reporter and the President of the Association of Haitian Media and women's organizations. She is a pride of the Haitian society. Joseph (Jojo) Lorquet was arrested earlier for mafia related shady deals related to arms license, and others. Ronald (Roro) Nelson is well known in Haiti for his close association with Martelly and he uses that relation as a protective shield for his rowdy behavior and violent activities mostly on innocent people with beating and threatening with guns. In the early morning of December 1, 2015, the office of Radio Télé Kiskeya was a target of gun attack.
The brawl between Martelly and Liliane Paul actually started almost three years ago on May 16, 2013 when Martelly visited Radio, Television Caraibes for a program and commented if Lilianne Pierre Paul terms 'Michel Martelly' as 'Sweet Micky', there would be nothing wrong for him to call her as "Ti Lili. As per Haitian proverb, if you add "Ti" before someone's name, you infer that, the person is a thief. Liliane said, Sweet Micky is the name that brought fame to Martelly's musical career and his position as the Head of the State, whereas 'Lily' is a name that was affectionately given by her brother. It is quite obvious for Martelly to have a personal grudge against Liliane because, she has always remained vocal against all irregularities and election frauds, especially targeting Martelly's PHTK platform. Recently, the President Martelly has released his carnival meringue for 2016 targeting journalist Liliane Pierre-Paul.
Here is how President Michel Martelly has decided to end his presidency. Kanaval 2016 Sweet Miky, TI LILI (Liliane Pierre Paul)
As per Haitian proverb, if you add "Ti" before someone's name, you infer that, the person is a thief. When President Michel Martelly visited Radio Television Caraibes on May 16, 2013 for a program, he commented if Lilianne Pierre Paul terms 'Michel Martelly' as 'Sweet Micky', there would be nothing wrong for him to call her as "Ti lili." Liliane opened her criticism with a French proverb which means, 'comparison is not right, it proves nothing'. She said, Sweet Micky is the name that gave Martelly his musical career and his position as the Head of the State, whereas 'Lily' is a name that was affectionately given by her brother. Liliane Pierre-Paul is a pride of the Haitian society; she is the President of the Association of Haitian Media and also a star reporter and a regular host of Radio Kiskeya. She has remained vocal against all irregularities and election frauds, especially targeting Martelly's PHTK platform. Recently, the President Martelly has released his carnival meringue for 2016 targeting journalist Liliane Pierre-Paul. It is a shame for a man like his stature to display own displeasure and disrespect in such a vulgar manner. However, if he has chosen to mark the end of his government in this manner, not in a cohesive tone, it would a typically of his character.
Depi mwa Novanm 2015, Phares Duverne te gen nan sipò lavi, apre yon kriz kadyak. Yo te pwononse li mouri maten (13 desanm 2015).
Phares Duverne te ap batay pou lontan ak Renal ensifizans, yon fonksyon pòv nan ren, li te itilize pou edike plis moun sou maladi a.
Phares te youn nan sis jounalis ayisyen ki kouri met deyò Ayiti epi chèche azil nan peyi Etazini an 2002, apre sipòtè Jean Bertrand Aristide te atake repòtè deyò Palè Nasyonal la. Li te nan plizyè estasyon radyo tankou Signal FM, Radyo Vizyon 2000 ak Shekina nan Miami
Journalist Phares Duverne is dead
Since November 2015, Phares Duverne has been in life support, following a heart attack. He was pronounced dead this morning (December 13, 2015).
Phares Duverne has been battling for a long time Renal Insufficiency, a poor function of the kidneys, which he was very vocal about and which he used to educate more people about the illness.
Phares was one of six Haitian journalists who fled Haiti and seek asylum in US in 2002, after supporters of Jean Bertrand Aristide attacked reporters outside the National Palace. He was in several major radio stations such as Signal FM, Radio Vision 2000 and Shekina in Miami
Some Haitian journalists received Journalism and Social Media certificates from VOA.
Haitian Journalists Updated on Journalistic Practices
Voice of America (VOA) gave ten Haitian journalists certificates upon completing the "Journalism and Social Media in the Context of Elections" workshop. The Port-au-Prince U.S. Embassy financed the program.
The journalists were instructed in writing pieces that were unbiased, coherent, and represented differing views. They also received instruction on how to post their articles on social media.
VOA's Haitian affiliate, VOA Creole, is acknowledged as the top international news agency airing on Haitian radio.
Here is a picture of two famous Haitian media personalities, Valéry Numa and Clarens Renois.
Clarens Renois is primarily known to the public as a journalist. He runs an online media, the PNH (Haiti Press Network) that he founded and a correspondent of Agence France Presse in Haiti. On August 13, Clarens, one of the most respected members in the media, both in Haiti and abroad got involved in a debate with reporter Valéry Numa on a Radio Vision 2000's Guest Space Show. The host criticized Renois rather harshly without giving the honor he deserves as one of the most noteworthy candidates for the presidency of Haiti (from the platform of Union Nationale pour l'Integrité et la Reconciliation). He is a charming gentleman with a sensitive heart and attentive ear. His moral and ethical journalism has involved himself with Radio France International (RFI), Radio Suisse Romande, Voice of America, CNN, ABC news USA, and CBC Canada. The host of the show Valéry Numa became very much vocal about Clarens' most efforts and his initiative to form a coalition of forty presidential candidates; he even had termed that as an act of a greenhorn. However, Renois replied, you cannot put anyone's idea into the voters' heads. They will act by their hearts. And he reminded Numa, holding a microphone does never make one almighty; the duty of a journalist is not to advise but to ask questions humbly and find the answers.
Here is Gamall Augustin, Director General of National Radio and Television of Haiti.
21 July 2015 saw the installation of Gamall Augustin as the seventh Director General of Radio Télévision Nationale D'Haïti (RTNH). The RTNH is the state broadcaster of Haiti and airs information about the activities of the government and promotes the Haitian culture. Mr. Gamall succeeded Hérold Israël who has held the post since January 2015. The government spokesperson, Francois Rothchild Jr. and Calvin Cadet, the Director General of the Ministry of Communication entrusted Gamall Augustin with his responsibility. With the new post, he was also asked to pay heed to the instructions laid down by the Head of State, while carrying out the functioning of the media. The upcoming events to be covered by the media include inter alia, elections and the Caribbean Arts Festival. It is the first objective of the new DG to peacefully conclude the broadcast of these events.
Here is a picture of the popular Radio host Carel Pedre on radio show Chokarella
The forced deportations of unregistered Haitians from the Dominican Republic have caused considerable confusion and inconvenience. Carel Pedre, an influential social media figure and the host of Haiti's #1 Morning show Chokarella took to supporting the deported immigrants. He interviewed some of the deported Haitians and brought to light the problems faced by them. The interviewees have reported humiliation, lack of basic amenities and uncertainty in their jobs during their stay at Dominican Republic in the disturbed phase. The interviews aired on the radio have become very popular among his followers on social media and there seems to prevail a sense of condolence for the Haitians forcefully sent back to Haiti from Dominican.
Wymm 1530 AM, Jacksonville S Radio Station Creole Programation or Radio Puissance Inter.
Three Haitian-Americans are interested in helping the immigrant community in Jacksonville become informed about current events in the U.S. and Haiti. Ernst Michel, Serge Vilvar, and Vorbes Aleger have raised $500,000 in capital to purchase WYMM 1530-AM.
Scheduled programming will be focused on talk programs and news in French-Creole. The group wants their programming to educate and help with the assimilation of Haitian nationals into the U.S. culture as well as develop an awareness of their country's problems.