7 April 2004
RSF calls on new government to end impunity on fourth anniversary of journalist Jean Dominique's murder
(RSF/IFEX) - Four years after the murder of journalist Jean Dominique, RSF has written to Haitian Prime Minister Gérard Latortue, urging him to bring an end to impunity in the case.
"The many obstacles in the investigation into the murder of Radio Haïti Inter's director and Jean-Claude Louissaint, the station's security guard, exposed the real nature of a regime that placed impunity at the centre of its strategy for silencing detractors. Those who attacked or killed journalists who were critical of the government were never punished," RSF Secretary-General Robert Ménard said.
"The time has come to end impunity. Because Jean Dominique's assassination was the murder case that most marked Haitian society in recent years, the case's resolution will be a genuine sign that the [Jean-Bertrand] Aristide era is over, that the Haitian justice system is once again beginning to work effectively and that the rule of law is in the process of being restored," Ménard added.
"The recent execution of two arrest warrants against suspects is a hopeful sign, but more remains to be done. The Court of Cassation [Supreme Court] must rule on an appeal so that a new investigating judge can be appointed, and the police must find the defendants who escaped from the national penitentiary. In addition to the peace and comfort that this would bring to Jean Dominique's family, an end to impunity in this case would be a landmark in the establishment of press freedom in Haiti," Ménard said.