New York, May 18, 2007—
Haitian authorities must conduct a prompt and thorough investigation into the murder of radio journalist Alix Joseph, who was gunned down on Wednesday night in the northern city of Gonaïves, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. CPJ is investigating possible links between Joseph’s murder and his professional work.
At 9:30 p.m., two unidentified men approached Joseph, station manager and host of a cultural show on local Radio-Télé Provinciale, as he was sitting in a car outside his wife’s house in Gonaïves, 105 miles (170 kilometers) north of Port-au-Prince, according to press reports and CPJ interviews. The station’s director, Frantz Justin Altidor, told CPJ that Joseph’s wife ran for help when she saw the two men pull out their weapons. Moments later, neighbors found the journalist’s body lying outside his car, Altidor said. He had been shot at least 11 times, according to Haitian and international press reports.