April 17, 2000
Journalists march in Hati to protest recent attacks on press

                   PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- About 100 journalists marched in Haiti's capital
                   Monday to protest the slaying of the country's foremost radio commentator and
                   attacks on the news media this month.

                   Shouting "Down with all forms of threats and intimidation!" and demanding the
                   government crack down on attacks, the journalists marched from
                   Port-au-Prince's central plaza to the nearby Palace of Justice under the guard of
                   heavily armed police.

                   "The assassination of Jean Dominique was an appalling attack against freedom of
                   the press," said Joseph Guyler Delva, a newspaper and radio reporter. "We want
                   to express our indignation and determination that no other journalist will suffer
                   the same fate."

                   Unidentified gunmen fatally shot Dominique April 3 as he arrived to work at
                   Radio Haiti Inter, a station he owned and directed. Mourners scattered his ashes
                   over the Artibonite River in central Haiti Sunday.

                   "He was such an enormous figure we couldn't put him into a tiny coffin,"
                   President Rene Preval told reporters afterward.

                   Police have made no arrests in the slaying, but Preval defended their

                   "Police and judicial authorities are doing their job," he said. "In general, this sort
                   of investigation isn't easy."

                   After Dominique's funeral April 8, street activists loyal to former President
                   Jean-Bertrand Aristide burned down the headquarters of an opposition political
                   coalition and stoned the building that houses the private Radio Vision 2000.
                   Police were present but did not intervene, and no arrests were made.

                   Spokesman Yvon Neptune of Aristide's Lavalas Family party has denied the
                   attackers were acting on Aristide's behalf.

                   "No one who resorts to violence can claim to be a member of our party,"
                   Neptune said.

                   Radio Vision 2000, which has often been targeted for its anti-government stands,
                   stopped newscasts for several days; and talk show host Daly Valet has gone into
                   hiding after death threats.

                   Few violations of press freedom have been reported since U.S. troops intervened
                   in Haiti in 1994 to stop three years of repressive military-backed rule. But the
                   atmosphere has worsened since January 1999, when Preval shut down
                   Parliament and called for new elections.

                   Ten political killings have been reported since March 29.

                   Copyright 2000 The Associated Press.