Reuters journalist beaten by coup President Alexander's American bodyguard
October 3, 2005
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Reuters journalist beaten by Coup-President Alexandre's American bodyguard

News Flash: Guyler C. Delva President of Association Haitian Journalists was beaten today (October 03, 2005) at Justice Palace (Supreme Court) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti by an American bodyguard of Coup-President Boniface Alexandre. The beating took place between 11:00 and 11:30 Am Haiti time. Two other Haitian journalists were reportedly beaten about the same time.

According to presidential security head, Vladimir Champagne, claimed the journalists who were beaten had arrived late to the event. The bodyguards were reported to have been arranged by the U.S. State Department and were members of DynCorp International of Irving, Texas.

The coup government has been actively repressing the free press in Haiti. Recently,Haiti Information Projectreporter Kevin Pina and AP camera operator Jean Restil were jailed for three days and released.

Coup Prime Minister Gerard Latortue had threatened Guyler Delva in the past with violence. Several journalist have been slain during the past couple of years, most notably by Abdias Jean who was assassinated in January by Haiti's national police (PNH) when he had filmed the police committing another assassination.

See also:

Haiti journalists Kevin Pina and Jean Ristil arrested by masked police at Father Jean-Juste's church - International journalist and Flashpoints Radio correspondent, Kevin Pina, was arrested at about 5:00 PM today according to Jean Ristil, another Haitian reporter, who was arrested shortly after he reported on the situation from St. Claire's Church in the Delmas district. Sept 9

Reuters Haiti correspondent receives death threats The AJH Secretary General, who is also the Reuters correspondent in Haiti, denounces the "disturbing tone" toward him contained in a news release by the press office of the Prime Minister Jan 24 2005

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