PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – A Haitian publication, Le Nouvelliste has announced the discontinuation of its print edition following the violent assault of one of its reporters, Roberson Alphonse earlier this week.
In a statement, the newspaper informed subscribers, readers, and sponsors that it was forced into this “painful obligation” because it was impossible to provide fuel to distribute the newspaper and use up its last supply of paper.
The statement added that the newspaper’s management has decided to continue publishing the newspaper in an electronic version “in order to preserve the long tradition of Le Nouvelliste and keep the populace informed.”
On Tuesday, Alphonse, a well-known investigative journalist was hospitalized in stable condition after being attacked by gunmen in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
In a statement, Haiti’s Ministry of Culture and Communication called the attack an “assassination attempt” and expressed solidarity with Alphonse’s family, colleagues, and “the entire corporation hard hit by this unfortunate event, which too often threatens the press sector in Haiti”.
In another incident this week, the authorities in the southern city of Les Cayes found the body of radio commentator Garry Tess, who had been missing since October 18.
Tess was a lawyer who also worked as a political analyst and host of the popular radio program.
The Inter-American Press Association has stated that this year has been one of the deadliest on record for members of the press.