According to Vladjimir Legagneur’s wife, the 30-year-old reporter disappeared after going to do a report on living conditions in Grand-Ravine, an extremely poor neighbourhood in the southern district of Martissant that has seen violent clashes between rival gangs in recent years.
A freelancer for the past year, Legagneur used to work for the newspaper Le Matin, the online news agency Loop Haïti and other media outlets. As well as news stories, he covers social issues and works for NGOs.
“We urge the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the photo-journalist Vladjimir Legagneur’s disappearance,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “It is extremely worrying that the police have found no trace of him in the ten days since he went missing.”
Legagneur left his home at 9 a.m. on 14 March and never returned. His wife reported his disappearance two days later to the Judicial Police Central Directorate (DCPJ), which says it has opened an investigation. His wife went back to the DCPJ yesterday but the police had nothing to tell to her.
Haiti is ranked 53rd out of 180 countries in RSF's 2017 World Press Freedom Index.