The dead bodies of two Haitian journalists killed on Thursday by gang members while reporting in a disputed area south of Port-au-Prince, police said on Friday, as the spike in violence issues continues to shake the Caribbean nation.
According to the reports, the men had been shot and then burned alive. But police declined on this by saying that the bodies were having large-calibre bullet wounds and there were no marks of burns on any part of the body.
The sources have confirmed that the bodies were not burnt. But Haiti’s National Police could not reach the crime scene due to the security concerns.
According to reports, journalist John Wesley Amady was shot down by armed bandits on Thursday in Laboule during what he was covering the issues in the gang-loaded area.
As per the Radio Ecoute FM general manager, Francky Attis said, “We condemn this barbaric act done by people against media persons. It also constitutes a serious attack on the right of life in general, and especially of journalists who are putting their lives at stake by exercising their profession freely in the nation.”
Police officials have confirmed the deaths of Amady (30) and Wilguens Louissaint (22).
Earlier reports state that three journalists went to the scene where two got killed, and the third successfully escaped.
Meanwhile, the Haitian Online Media Association president, Godson Lebrun, said, “the gang-war has again struck in Haiti at the beginning of 2022. I pay my respect and condolences to those fellow journalists who were granted with death in return for their duty. I demand free and fair investigation into the matter, and may justice be prevailed.”
UN spokesperson Stephen Durjarric said, “It is just an overview of what kind of problems journalists all over the world face and sadly, we may expect the impunity with which they are murdered for telling the truth.”
Prime Minister Ariel Henry has promised to crack down on gangs and the rising number of violence in Haiti.