“If anybody among [journalists] does not know that this country has killed people, our government did not kill anyone yet: we will demonstrate it one day, one time. … Freedom of the press does not mean you work against the country baffle,” Martelly ironically addressing the issue of press freedom.
Haiti has seen the murder of many journalists in the past. All were ambushed and brutally murdered by heavily armed men. Other press agencies have been targeted and closed down by local authorities. Martelly’s latest sarcastic comments could pave the way for more attacks against the country’s press corps.
“While this is the first time, to my knowledge, the president has made such comments it sets a dangerous precedent, ostensibly providing a green card to those in security and other government departments to target, even kill, journalists who speak out against an increasingly marginalized, unpopular government,” said Jean-Baptiste Jacques.
However, president Martelly said he did not kill any journalist on his regime yet his patience is heading to an end .