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Journalists Denied Coverage of U.S. Navy Hospital Ship in Haitian Waters



Radio Tele Kiskeya journalists on Tuesday were turned away with hostility on Tuesday when they tried to cover the story of the arrival of the Navy's hospital ship USNS Comfort and obtain interviews from U.S. sailors.

Anchor of the 4PM daily news broadcast, Lilianne Pierre-Paul, said the team of journalists began interviewing with one sailor before another "very threateningly" turned the journalists away. They were not able to present a story on the arrival and presence of the ship that is reported to be offering medical services at no cost.

According to the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, the USNS Comfort will be in Haiti from November 4 - 13, 2019. It will be providing medical services on the Haitian land territory as well within Haiti's waters where it is currently docked.

The context of the visit of the hospital ship is peculiar to more than one. It comes at a time when an overwhelming majority of Haitians are calling for President Jovenel Moïse resign. Moïse is the second of a regime propped up by the United States in sham elections funded by the United States.

Despite repression by the regime, documented and decried recently by Amnesty International, the U.S. Embassy continues to support the Haitian president and demand Haitian citizens hold dialogue with him. Haitian citizens demand respect and dignity and are not willing to sit down with a president and regime charged by competent courts of corruption, money laundering, and other crimes including massacres and political imprisonments.

"Racist behavior" is how the U.S. Embassy's actions in Haiti are being characterized. These are actions that go beyond violations of conventions on diplomatic relations.