Created on Saturday, 10 November 2007 12:10
Written by Haiti Analysis
Gunshots Fired at Radio-Tele Ginen
by Wadner Pierre and Joe Emersberger
unshots were fired at Radio-Tele Ginen (RTG) during the morning of Tuesday, November 6, in Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince. The attack injured a female street vendor who was subsequently hospitalized according to RTG employees.
A front-side window of one of RTG's yellow jeeps lay
shattered on asphalt in front of the station. photo - Wadner Pierre
RTG is popular with both rich and poor in Haiti. The broadcaster is respected in poor neighborhoods because it often gave a voice to the residents of Lavalas strongholds while the de facto government of 2004-2006 was in power.
Delmas Wilson Jeudy, the mayor of the community in which RTG is
located, visited the station after the attack. He denounced the
â€œbanditsâ€ responsible, but added that he did not believe the attack was
part of a campaign to muzzle the press. However, he added that an
investigation was being carried out to determine if anything broadcast
by RTG might have provoked violence.
The director of RTG, Jean
Lucien Borges, stated that the attack was typical of other attacks on
journalists in Haiti. However, he could not say what, if anything,
broadcast by RTG had provoked the attack.
Asked what impact
the attack would have on the morale of RTG employees Borges replied by
comparing RTG to a boat that takes to sea regardless of the weather and
â€œfollows its compassâ€ undaunted.
RTGâ€™s appeal across the
political spectrum was apparent after the attack. The station was
visited by members of Fanmi Lavalas but also by staunch Lavalas
opponents such as RNDDH (RÃ©seau National de DÃ©fense des Droits Humains)
and representatives of privately owned media. Another group, Reporters
Sans FrontiÃ¨res (RSF), which has ignored many deadly attacks on poor
pro-Lavalas journalists, immediately issued a statement about the
attack on RTG.
The attack occurred on the heels of a recent
spate of death threats that Reuters journalist Joseph Guyler Delva has
reported receiving. Delva is also the director of SOS, a commission
launched to investigate the killings of journalists.
suggested there may be a link with the threats against him and Senator
Rudolph Boulos, a founding board member of the Haitian elite's lobbyist
organization in Washington D.C., the Haiti Democracy Project.
month Delva revealed on Radio Melodie FM that Senator Boulos holds US
citizenship and that according to Haiti's constitution it is illegal
for a Haitian senator to hold a foreign passport. Delva has also
revealed that Boulos, claiming senatorial immunity, has refused to
respond to questions of Judge Fritzner Fils-AimÃ© in regards to the
investigation into the killing of Haiti's most well known journalist
Jean Dominique of Haiti Inter.