Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Nuestro Cine: On the air

From Mexico to Honduras members of the media in Latin America and the Caribbean have faced dangers in recent months while exercising their profession. Yet perhaps the most infamous act of violence against a journalist in the region was the murder of Jean Dominique.

He was best known for his outspokenness in denouncing the injustices in Haiti under the brutal Duvaliers as well as exposing corruption after Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted from the presidency for a second time. The contestant threats against his life led him to flee into exile twice, yet he would return to his native homeland to bravely continue reporting. The intimidation against Dominique would lead to his murder in 2000 when he was shot multiple times outside of Radio Haiti-Inter, the independent radio station he founded in the 1960s.

The 2003 documentary “The Agronomist” examined Dominique’s life and his tragic death. His legacy lives on in the bravery of journalists who believe, as Dominque said in the video below, that you “cannot kill the truth”:

Online Sources- The Latin Americanist, Wikipedia, YouTube

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