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|Haiti: Radio Metropole journalist attacked
Reporters Without Borders expressed its concern today at an attack by apparent
government supporters who tried to set fire to the house of Radio Métropole political
affairs journalist Jean-Numa Goudou on 15 February.
"In a country where impunity is the rule for government followers who threaten,
attack or kill journalists, we ask you to condemn once and for all these attacks and acts
of intimidation," said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard in
a letter to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. He called on him to put a stop to impunity
by ordering thorough investigations of attacks and threats against journalists and finding
and punishing those responsible.
A group of people, apparently Aristide supporters, went to Goudou's house in Carrefour,
a southwestern suburb of Port-au-Prince, on 14 February and asked to see him. He was not
there. They then returned in the middle of the night with various weapons and tried to set
fire to the house by burning a car parked in the garage. Neighbours managed to put the
Goudou, who also works with Haiti Press Network, told Reporters Without Borders that
some of the attackers wanted to kill him. He said he had been receiving threats for some
time, including one the day the group first came to his house. This was why he had left
before the attack and gone into hiding.
-- Régis Bourgeat Despacho Américas / Americas desk Reporters sans frontières 5, rue
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