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Haitian Radio Station to Close After Renewed Threats to Staff

Almost three years after her husband was killed, the journalist who runs one of Haiti’s most popular radio stations said today that the station was going off the air because of threats against its staff. “We will shut down tomorrow because we have been subject to constant threats,” Michèle Montas said in a statement read on the air on her station, Radio Haiti Inter, this morning. “We have lost three lives — Jean Dominique, Jean-Claude Louissaint and Maxime Seide — and we refuse to lose another one.” Mr. Dominique, who was Ms. Montas’s husband and one of Haiti’s most well-known journalists, was shot to death as he arrived at the radio station along with Mr. Louissaint, the station’s caretaker, on April 3, 2000. Mr. Seide, Ms. Montas’s bodyguard, was killed when armed men attacked her home on Christmas Day. “We don’t know exactly when we will go back on the air,” Ms. Montas said. “But we will not take exile for a third time, because we have only freedom of expression as a weapon.” Radio Haiti Inter mixes political commentary and investigative reporting in its programming, and was one of the first stations to broadcast in the Creole language of Haiti rather than in French. Full Story

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