Thursday, 21 January 2010

[creative-radio] #Haiti: #RSF / Quebecor Media Operations Centre gets backing from Haitian government


RT @mediamentor: Reporters Sans Frontières & Quebecor Media Operations
Centre gets backing from Haitian government


Published on 21 January 2010

Haiti's culture and communications minister, Marie-Laurence
Jocelyn-Lassègue, has given her support for the Media Operations Centre
installed in Port-au-Prince by Reporters Without Borders and Quebecor.
Their representatives are to meet with her in the capital this morning (at
9 a.m. local time) to discuss the way the centre will function and the
choice of journalists to run it.

The centre's mandate is to:
1- make the equipment that Haitian journalists need to work available to them
2- act as a place where they can meet their international colleagues
3- offer the various organisations that defend journalists in Haiti a
place where they can operate
4- act as a news centre for the various government authorities and NGOs
that want to address as many media as possible
5- advise and assist the government and its partners as regards
relaunching news media that were hit by the 12 January earthquake, both in
the capital and provinces, especially in the towns of Petit-Goâve,
Grand-Goâve and Léogâne, which were very badly affected.

Located on Cheriez Street in the Port-au-Prince neighbourhood of
Canapé-Vert, the centre has room for up to 20 journalists to work at any
one time, a news conference room that can hold 40 people and a terrace
that can hold 60 people. It will have broadband Internet, telephone lines,
an audio and video conference system, a satellite TV link and printers, as
well as facilities for journalists in distress.

Canada's governor-general, Mickaëlle Jean, plans to address a message in
Creole to the Haitian people via the centre tomorrow. We invite Haitian
President René Préval to hold a meeting with the press in the centre and
we hope that the presidents, prime ministers and foreign ministers of the
countries with particularly close ties with Haiti will also chose this way
to make a concrete commitment to the reconstruction of the Haitian media.

According to Mark Harvey, leading the European response for Internews, an
international media development organization which has been designated by
UNOCHA to coordinate all international media assistance efforts to Haiti,
"Local journalists in Port-au-Prince are the vital link between the
humanitarian relief and the Haitian population who is desperate for
information. Haitian media professionals are struggling to get back to
their vital work, and the importance of the work of Reporters Without
Borders in helping to do this cannot be underestimated."

This centre belongs to Haiti's journalists. Its ability to continue
operating in the medium term will depend on the technical and financial
assistance it receives from other NGOs, international bodies and foreign

Reporters Without Borders and Quebecor would finally like to pay tribute
to four journalists who died in the earthquake: Wanel Fils of Radio
Galaxie in Port-au-Prince, Franklin Laurent and Leiva Jasmin (disappeared)
of Radio Koha, and Bazelais Volcy of Radio Echo 2000 in Petit-Goâve.

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