Two journalists shot dead in street mayhem ahead of rival gang leader interview – World News

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Amady John Wesley and Wilguens Louissaint were killed on the outskirts of the capital Port-au-Prince in Haiti after they went to interview the leader of a rival gang

Two journalists were killed on the outskirts of the capital Port-au-Prince in Haiti
Two journalists were killed on the outskirts of the capital Port-au-Prince in Haiti. File image

Two journalists were killed after they were fired at as they went to interview a gang leader in a violent area of Haiti that is in the centre of a turf war, according to police and local media.

Amady John Wesley and Wilguens Louissaint died on the outskirts of the capital Port-au-Prince by members of a rival gang after they had gone to interview the boss of another group.

Mr Wesley worked for the Montreal-based radio station Ecoute FM and Mr Louissaint was a local reporter said a police source.

Ecoute FM confirmed Wesley’s death in a statement, with Francky Attis, general director of the broadcaster, describing the killing as a “criminal and barbaric act.”

A third journalist in the group was able to escape the attack, the police official said.







Amady John Wesley and Wilguens Louissaint were killed as they went to interview a gang leader. File image
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Multiple gangs are fighting for control of the area of Laboule 12, where the killings took place.

“We condemn in the strongest terms this criminal and barbaric act,” said Mr Attis in the Radio Ecoute FM statement.

He denounced the “serious attack on the rights to life” and on “journalists exercising their profession freely in this country.”

Based in the Canadian city of Montreal, which is home to a large Haitian community, the media outlet asked Haiti’s government to “act responsibly to create favorable security conditions for all.”







Violence is rife in Haiti and it recorded at least 950 kidnappings in 2021. File image
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Gangs in Haiti have recently extended their reach beyond the poorer neighbourhoods of Port-au-Prince.

The area of Laboule 12 is the subject of intense fighting between several armed gangs attempting to secure its control.

A route through the area is the only alternative to reach the southern half of the country apart from the main road, which has been controlled since June by one of Haiti’s most powerful gangs.

Six months ago, then-president Jovenel Moise was assassinated in his private residence in Port-au-Prince, worsening the political and security crisis that Haitians deal with daily.

Haiti recorded at least 950 kidnappings in 2021, according to the Center for Analysis and Research in Human Rights, based in Port-au-Prince.

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