Dangerous and precarious work environment
Despite recent changes in Haiti’s media freedom laws, journalists continue to suffer from a cruel lack of financial resources, an absence of institutional support and difficulty in accessing information. The privately-owned media, which are heavily influenced by the interests of their owners, tend to censor themselves. Journalists would be exposed to heavy penalties under a proposed defamation law that was approved by the senate in 2017. Frequent violent mass protests have taken place since 2018 with the aim of bringing down President Jovenel Moïse, who has been implicated in corruption. The country was shocked by journalist Néhémie Joseph’s murder in 2019 and photojournalist Vladjimir Legagneur’s disappearance in 2018 while reporting in one of the capital’s more dangerous neighbourhoods. During demonstrations, reporters have increasingly been subjected to intimidation and violence by both police and protesters, rendering them more vulnerable and stigmatised.
83 in 2020
30.20 in 2020