UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova today denounced the murder of Haitian journalist Pierre Richard Alexander, who passed away on the night of 19 May in Saint-Marc.
“I condemn the murder of Pierre Richard Alexander,” declared the Director-General. “I am counting on authorities to shed light on this crime. Media professionals must be able to work in secure conditions while making an essential contribution to democracy and good governance. Violence against media organizations and journalists cannot be tolerated.”
Pierre Richard Alexander, 40, was shot near his house in Saint-Marc on 17 May and died from his injuries on the night of 19 May.
While working as a correspondent for Radio Kiskeya, Pierre Richard Alexander also hosted a daily debate on the local radio station Radio Delta. Pierre Richard Alexander is remembered on the dedicated web page UNESCO Condemns the Killing of Journalists.
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