Where is the journalist Vladjimir Legagneur? Mass protest in the Haitian capital on Wednesday, to demand answers from authorities

Posted by hougansydney.com on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Under: National
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Local and international human rights advocates as well as journalists and concerned citizens will march in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, on Wednesday, March 28th, to protest the disappearance of freelance photojournalist, Vladjimir Legagneur, who went missing on March 14th.

A freelance Photojournalist has been missing in Haiti for the past 10 days

As 14 days have already gone by without any news of Vladjimir, Haitian Police has been doing its best to dim the hope of finding the 30 year old man who went to do a reporting in the impoverished neighborhood of Grand Ravine and never came back to his wife, Fleurette Guerrier, children and colleagues.

The police said that the fact that his family nor police were contacted for a ransom is not a good indication, hinting that the young journalist was probably already dead, although the investigation is still on going, according to Haiti National Police (PNH) spokesman Frantz Lerebours, who said that Police is determined to find Vladjimir  dead or alive.

"In our survey, we have a very unfavorable index, the fact that there was no ransom demand for the journalist... We must expect a fatal outcome. However, until we find the body of the journalist, we cannot declare him dead. It remains a disappearance " Said Frantz Lerebours.

The Haitian government has been the subject of heavy criticisms from journalists working in Haiti. It took officials 13 days to make a statement even though Vladjimir’s disappearance was reported to police by his wife, 72 hours after he went missing. "Our society comes back to the disappearances of people and the traumas of the darkest periods of our history. " Said a statement of the National Association of Haitian Media (ANMH) bearing the signature of Its President, Frantz Duval, editor-in-chief of Lenouvelliste, Haiti’s oldest newspaper.

For Amelie Baron, an RFI and AFP reporter working in Haiti since 2009 and one of the many at the forefront of the search of Vladjimir, “On a daily basis, Haitian officials are looking for journalists to promote their agenda and interests. One of us disappears and not a politician moves and shows his solidarity. “ she said on a Twitter post.

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