Threats to Journalists: Haiti

  • In September 2010, VOA Creole Service reporter Sainlus Augustin was granted asylum in the U.S. following death threats for his reporting on an incident at a polling station in the Haitian town of Maissade on Haitian Senate election day in April 2009. He was interviewing voters who say they were beaten by a candidate’s brother because they did not support his candidacy.  The candidate’s brother told Mr. Augustin that he and his family would be killed if he continued to report on the incident.  Three months later, unidentified gunmen fired several shots at Mr. Augustin’s home while he and his wife were sleeping.
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