Today is the two-year anniversary of the killing of Haitian journalist Abidas Jean. Jean is just one of several grassroots Hatian journalists murdered by authorities associated with the US-backed interim regime that took power following the 2004 presidential coup. Brian Concannon, a lawyer who heads the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti, is quoted at the end of the piece:
Abdias Jean’s killing is yet one more example of the double standard, where the lives of poor black men in Haiti matter least. Had he been a journalist with a prominent Haitian or foreign outlet visiting Cite de Dieu, he would have been eulogized for his courage in going into that neighborhood. But he was a poor journalist covering his neighbors, so he has been forgotten.
Previously: Dan Beeton on the corporate media’s mis- and under-reporting of Haiti.