PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- About 100 journalists marched in Haiti's
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
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
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
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,
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,"
Radio Vision 2000, which has often been targeted for its anti-government
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.