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Gunmen fire on Radio Kiskeya amid tense electoral crisis

Staff Writer

Haiti Sentinel

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ( – Unidentified gunmen shot at the premises of Radio Television Kiskeya in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The incident takes place an a climate of a tense electoral crisis which has seen threats launched against journalists.

At about 1 am, bullets hit the building’s main façade, gate and a front door window. No casualties were reported.

The Haitian National Police (PNH) say they have opened an investigation and a forensic team collected evidence later that morning. A justice of the piece took account of the findings.

The shooting comes a time Haiti is in a tense electoral crisis. The former President of the National Assembly, Senator Simon Desras, had told members of the press weeks earlier that a plan was being hatched at the prime minister’s office to silent certain media.

Radio Television Zenith has also been the subject of threats of death. On Friday November 27, 2015, men competing for the mayoral seat in Croix-des-Bouquets came with gasoline canisters with the aim of burning down the station.

Both radio and news agencies have been covering the electoral process and the allegations of fraud that have accompanied it. Zenith FM regularly covers protests that have had a daily frequency, as they call for an investigation.

The United Nations and a group of diplomats calling themselves the “Core Group” in Haiti had not commented on the threats and attacks. The totalitarian regime of President Michel Martelly has also been mum.

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