PORT-AU-PRINCE – Hundreds of people marched to the headquarters of the Haitian Attorney General’s Office to demand that the authorities clear up the case of photographer Vladjimir Legagneur, who disappeared on March 14 while reporting in the Port-au-Prince slum of Grand Ravine.
The demonstrators, including many journalists, marched along with Fleurette Guerrier, the wife of Legagneur, whose disappearance has had international repercussions with Reporters Without Borders also demanding that the case be clarified.
The protesters stopped at the offices of human rights organizations, the Ministry of Justice and the police barracks in the Haitian capital.
At the Ministry of Justice, Guerrier read a letter in which she asked the authorities to help her find her husband.
“I am without words and strength. I want the authorities to do something. It’s already been two weeks and I want to know where my husband is. Please, do something, I want to know what happened to him,” she said.
“We’re here to ask the authorities to fulfill their responsibilities, as a journalist and a colleague of Vladjimir, we’re indignant,” said reporter Lunise Joseph, one of the organizers of the march.
Joseph demanded respect for reporters in Haiti, where – she said – “we’re working under difficult conditions.”
“We call upon everyone to mobilize to stop impunity. Today it’s a reporter, tomorrow it could be anyone,” she added.
Last Monday, in its first reaction to the incident, the Haitian government expressed its concern over the photographer’s disappearance and said that the police and the Justice Ministry “are working hard” to clear up the case.
In a statement, the Communications Ministry expressed “solidarity with Vladjimir’s family and the entire press community in Haiti.”