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Haiti: Freedom of expression cannot prevail if there is no justice for murdered journalists

, Index number: AMR 36/004/2007

The Haitian Constitution expressly guarantees the right to freedom of opinion and expression. However, since April 2000, eight journalists have been killed either by unknown gunmen or allegedly by members of the security forces. Dozens more have been subject to harassment, imprisonment and attacks in the course of exercising their profession. Without investigating and prosecuting abuses, the rights of Haitians will continue to be violated and impunity will prevail. Amnesty International believes that delays in delivering justice for the killing of these eight journalists will continue to undermine freedom of expression.

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