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JOURNALIST KILLED

The UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti has launched an investigation into the death of journalist Laraque Robenson, who was fatally injured while covering clashes between former Haitian soldiers and UN peacekeepers in the southern town of Petit-Goâve, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF).

Robenson died on 4 April 2005, two weeks after he was injured in a 20 March shootout that occurred when UN peacekeepers used force to remove the soldiers from an occupied police station. Three people were killed in the shooting, including a Sri Lankan peacekeeper.

Robenson, who worked for private television station Tele Contact, was reporting on the shootout from the nearby balcony of his station's offices when he was struck by two bullets to the head and neck. Some eyewitness reports indicated that Robenson was hit by shots fired by the UN peacekeepers.

IAPA, CPJ and RSF have called on the UN mission to conduct a thorough investigation into Robenson's death.

Visit:

- CPJ:
http://www.cpj.org/news/2005/Haiti07apr05na.html
- CPJ Report on Haiti:
http://www.cpj.org/attacks04/americas04/haiti.html
- RSF:
http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=13136
- IAPA:
http://www.sipiapa.org
- Backgrounder on Haiti:
http://hrw.org/english/docs/2005/01/13/haiti9872.htm
- UN Mission Faces Criticism:
http://www.ipsnews.net/interna.asp?idnews=28223

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