CARIBBEAN-MEDIA- Latin America and Caribbean region deadliest for journalists in 2019 -UNESCO.


A new report by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has described Latin America and the Caribbean as the deadliest part of the world for journalists last year.

In its Observatory of Killed Journalists database released on Monday, UNESCO said that 22 journalists were reported killed in the Latin America and Caribbean region in 2019, followed by 15 in Asia-Pacific, and 10 in Arab States.

The database shows that the Caribbean journalists killed were from Haiti. It said Nehemie Joseph and Rospide Petion were murdered on October 10 and June 10 last year and that in both cases, UNESCO Director General, Audrey Azoulay, called on the authorities to investigate the killings.

'I condemn the murder of Nehemie Joseph. I urge authorities to spare no effort in investigating this crime and ensuring that all those involved are brought to trial. Journalists and the media bring an indispensable contribution to democracy and governments must prioritize their safety.'

The dead body of Nehemie Joseph, a radio reporter and presenter for Mirebalais-based Panic FM and Port-au-Prince radio station Mega, was found in the trunk of his car after his shooting by unknown assailants.

The journalist had recently said on social media that he had received threats regarding his reporting on the authorities' handling of the political crisis affecting the country.

In the case of Petion, the UNESCO Director-General said 'investigating cases of violence against journalists and bringing their perpetrators to trial is indispensable for the defense of freedom of expression and of the press.'

Petion, a journalist for Radio Sin Fin, was killed in Port-au Prince, the Haitian capital, as he was driving home from work in a company vehicle.


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