Precarious work environment

Despite recent changes in Haiti’s media freedom laws, journalists suffer from a cruel lack of financial resources, an absence of institutional support and difficulty in accessing information. And some continue to be the victims of intimidation or physical violence, especially while covering protests. A series of natural disasters in recent years have inflicted a great deal of damage on the impoverished country’s already extremely limited infrastructure. The privately-owned media, which are heavily influenced by the interests of their owners, tend to censor themselves. Journalists can be exposed to heavy sanctions under a proposed defamation law that was approved by the senate in 2017. The country was shocked by freelance photojournalist Vladjimir Legagneur’s disappearance while reporting in one of the capital’s more dangerous neighbourhoods in 2018.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



60 in 2018

Global score


26.82 in 2018


  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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