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#4119: Re: Performance of journalists, Simidor wonders (fwd)


Chamberlain is perhaps too self-indulgent in his noble portrayal of the foreign correspondent in Haiti.  There is one earthy temptation he forgets to mention: greed. Can the foreign correspondent be influenced with money?  Nicholas Jallot and Laurent Lesage, authors of a book, "Haiti: 10 ans d'histoire secrète" (Paris: Editions du Felin, 1995) report the following:

"The new regime [1986 post-Duvalier era] wanted to boost its image with the big powers, France and the US in particular. Namphy and Regala decided to polish their relations with the press.  The military had no qualm about picking up an old Macoute strategy.  As a first step, the correspondent of a major foreign news agency is handed $19,500 by Namphy.  The man is not surprised.  He also received a regular envelope under the Duvaliers.  Jean-Marie Chanoine and Jean-Claude Duvalier confirm it. (p. 77, translation mine)

Who can name that foreign correspondent and the news agency in question?

Daniel Simidor