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Let Haiti Live
Unjust U.S. Policies Toward Its Oldest Neighbor
Edited by Melinda Miles and Eugenia Charles. Foreword by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
Book excerpt:
From Chapter 2, Lies My Media Told Me, by Kim Ives

It was sometime in the summer of 1986 or 1987. I was riding in a car with three other journalists, two from the Associated Press (AP) and one from the Washington Post. We were weaving our way through burning barricades and angry crowds on eerily car-less streets to the far end of Port-au-Princes Carrefour district to make an assessment of the general strike that had been called that day.

Finally we decided to get out and talk to some people. I went up to the largest nearby group. The people were watching us with the mix of curiosity, reserve and excitement often seen when a carload of journalists alights in a tense situation.

The people in the crowd were passionate but articulate in denouncing the military dictatorship and in laying out their reasons for supporting the strike. I went back to my colleagues and invited them to come over to hear what the people had to say. Being the only Creole speaker in our group, I told them I would translate for them.

No, the junior AP reporter responded, were going to talk to that guy.

Standing almost alone on a stretch of sidewalk on the other side of the street was an elderly man in a suit and glasses. We went over to him. Speaking in careful French, he told us that the strike was the work of trouble makers who were causing disorder and whipping up the people. He said that no good would come from it and that the soldiers who periodically chased the crowds were just trying to keep order.

We then drove back to the Holiday Inn. The AP and Washington Post journalists never spoke to the larger group.
2002, Educa Vision, Inc., 400pp, Softcover
ISBN 1-58432-188-1
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