HAITI: Jailing the News

Silencing an almost free press

All but unnoticed by the outside world, Haiti for the past two years had been moving haltingly toward a free press, of sorts. In a country that is largely illiterate, radio journalists led the way with lively, critical reports on such issues as the government's handling of the economy, violations of human rights and the steady emigration of starving boat people. On the latter subject, some Haitian weeklies were also sharply critical of the government's behavior. Thanks to stories about the boat people, complained Petit Samedi Soir, "Haiti...