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29340: potemaksonje (reply) Holmstead and Chamberlain on RSF (fwd)


RSF was not honest in its reports.  Violence by
civilian groups loyal to the government often followed
violence by convergence and FAdH supporters (such as
the Petit-Goâve machete attack on Joseph Céus Duverger
prior to the Petit-Goâve machete killing of Brignol
Lindor).  RSF and others (some on this list) ignore
the context of events in Haiti.  Not long after the
AHP article (scroll down) on the murder of Brignol
Lindor was published, Delva and RSF were misportraying
events.  In my opinion this was for political reasons.


Port-au-Prince, 6 décembre 2001 -(AHP)- The
general-secretary of the Haitian Journalists'
Association, (AJH), Joseph Guyler C. Delva, on
Thursday called on the judicial authorities to put
into action a public prosecution of those involved in
the violent incidents in Petit-Goâve on 3rd December.

M. Delva who has returned from a fact-finding trip to
Petit-Goâve, revealed that the state prosecutor has
already begun the process of serving warrants against
the members of the Dòmi Nan Bwa organisation who are
accused of involvement in the murder of the journalist
Brignol Lindor, and against the Convergence members
who seriously wounded with machete blows a security
guard of the local National Port Authority, Joseph
Céus Duverger. He said that these warrants have been
dispatched to the police authorities in the normal

The journalist Brignol Lindor was killed by machete
blows on Monday in the locality of Lacul (Petit-Goâve)
in reprisal for an attack, also with
machetes, against Joseph Céus Duverger, by
demonstrators supporting the Democratic Convergence.
M. Delva said he had obtained this information from a
trustworthy source.

According to the general secretary of the AJH, the
members of the Dòmi Nan Bwa organisation, believed to
be close to the Lavalas Family Party, attacked M.
Brignol, who they believed to be a member of the
Convergence, following erroneous information according
to which Joseph Duverger had died from his serious

Meanwhile, the AJH leader invited the authorities to
take immediate action to prevent an explosion in
Petit-Goâve where he said he knew that illegal weapons
are being circulated.

M. Delva revealed that he and members of a
journalists' delegation on
Tuesday  had to hide in the mayor's toilet when
Convergence members launched an attack with firearms,
stones and broken bottles against mayor Emmanuel
Antoine's house. AHP 5 décembre 2001 12:30 PM

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