Press release

Director-General condemns murder of journalists Wilguens Louissaint and John Wesley Amady in Haiti

UNESCO observatory of killed journalists

Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of UNESCO, has denounced the killing of journalists Wilguens Louissaint and John Wesley Amady on the outskirts of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince on 6 January.

I condemn the murder of Wilguens Louissaint and John Wesley Amady. I call on the Haitian authorities to spare no efforts in pursuing those responsible for this crime and bringing them to justice.
Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General

Reports suggest both journalists were reporting on violence in Laboule 12, an area disputed by several gangs, when they were attacked by a criminal gang, fatally shot and their bodies were burned.

Amady was a reporter for Canadian broadcaster Radio Écoute FM while Louissaint worked for online media Télé Patriote and Tambou Verité.

UNESCO promotes the safety of journalists through global awareness-raising, capacity building and a range of actions, notably in the framework of the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.

 

See also: UNESCO observatory of killed journalists

Media contact: Guilherme Canela de Souza Godoi, g.godoi@unesco.org