Haiti's state-owned media "politically oriented, even after the earthquake."

Posted: 21 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
Haiti's "two main state-owned media outlets withstood the earthquake that heavily devastated the country’s broadcast and print media outlets. Their premises were only slightly damaged and their buildings survived. Their equipment is still functional and their journalists are unharmed. Even so, the state-owned outlets took about two weeks to get back on the air. ... Contacted by CPJ, a member of the editorial staff of Haiti’s National Television (TNH), who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that state-owned media outlets are entirely politically oriented, even after the earthquake." Jean Roland Chery, Committee to Protect Journalists, 19 February 2010.
     "More than one month after the devastating 7.0 earthquake in Haiti, Internews continues to work on the ground with local Haitian media and humanitarian aid agencies to get critical information directly to the people who need it most. With a team of local reporters, Internews produces a daily humanitarian news broadcast, Enfomasyon Nou Dwe Konnen (News You Can Use) currently airing on 25 local radio stations. In January, Internews distributed nearly 9,000 wind-up radios provided by the U.S. military, through 19 local radio station partners. With core support provided by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Internews has also conducted rapid assessments of the damage caused by the earthquake to broadcast media in the greater Port-au-Prince area in order to determine stations' capacity to broadcast and the type of programming available to the affected population. ... Internews is a founding member of the Inter-Agency Group on Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities (CDAC) that includes UNOCHA, key agencies such as the Red Cross and Save the Children, and other media assistance providers including the BBC World Service Trust and the Thomson Reuters Foundation." Internews press release, 19 February 2010.
     "Along with the State Department, the Pentagon and aid groups, as well as Haiti’s leading cellphone carrier and countless volunteers, the Coast Guard is part of an emergency contact network for Haitians to send text messages requesting aid. Those involved in the effort also monitor Facebook and Twitter postings for information indicating where supplies are needed. To get the word out about the new program, the distress code number — 4636 — was sent to every cellphone on the Haitian network. Word of the program also went out on local Haitian radio stations." Carmen Gentile, New York Times, 20 February 2010.