Radio's role in the recovery, and other Haiti media updates.

Posted: 06 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
"A UNICEF public service announcement on nutrition blares out of several radios tuned into Port-au-Prince's Radio One. The station is just one of more than 20 radio outlets in the Haitian capital that are working with Internews, a UNICEF partner and international media development organization providing news reports to hundreds of thousands of people affected by the 12 January earthquake." UNICEF, 2 February 2010. See also YouTube, 2 February 2010 and Time Video, undated.
     "Radio Metropole’s journalists, coping in a tent set up in the garden of the radio station’s office in Port-au-Prince, have not still resumed their normal pace of work because of the trauma caused by the January 12 earthquake. The station resumed its normal programming on February 1, after broadcasting news via the Internet for two weeks. Richard Widmaer, the director general of Radio Metropole, ... indicated that most of the station’s journalists currently have no fixed address. They have lost virtually everything and are facing enormous difficulties." Committee to Protect Journalists, 3 February 2010.
     "The BBC's Creole-language programme in Haiti has helped reunite a Haitian-American mother with her son in the quake-devastated capital, Port-au-Prince." BBC News, 3 February 2010.
     "About 60 Pennsylvania Air Guard members are taking part in an operation that only the 193rd Special Operations Wing could pull off. Taking off from Puerto Rico, Senior Master Sergeant Michael Kovach says they fly a special transport plane equipped with broadcast transmitters – called 'Commando Solo' – that spends the day over Haiti: 'We’re the only unit in the world that has the aircraft that can perform this type of mission. We have one that’s down there now, we have another one down there as a spare, and we have one here at our home station that is going through some modifications right now.' The home station for the aircraft is Harrisburg International Airport. The planes spend about 10 hours a day airborne over Haiti broadcasting creole programming provided by the Voice of America, plus emergency information." KYW Newsradio 1060 (Philadelphia), 31 January 2010.
     "Haitian President Rene Garcia Preval told VOA in an exclusive interview that removing dead bodies and sheltering more than a million people remain priorities in the earthquake devastated country." VOA press release, 4 February 2010. "Haitians questioned medical professionals today in a live Voice of America (VOA) Creole Service program that was anchored from outside the ruined presidential palace in Port-au-Prince and heard by millions of people." VOA press release, 27 January 2010.
     Port-au-Prince, 12 January 2010: "We listened to the car radio. Across a normally busy dial, there were only three operating stations. One was playing lively kompah music. Another was Radio France Internationale. On the hour they had news briefings announcing first a quake in Haiti, then an hour later a massive quake in Haiti, then two hours later a catastrophic quake in Haiti; this was between news of an African coup and interviews with French artists, writers, and intellectuals. Then there was a Creole news station. The director of a private morgue was on the air, asking for the emergency donation or loan of a 10–15 kilowatt generator. Later there was a preacher on the same station, announcing the 'fin de temps.'" Mischa Berlinski, New York Review of Books, 25 February 2010 issue.
     "I could only shake my head in amazement when I learned that US assistant 'secretary of state for public affairs' (read information minister!) Phillip Crowley was unhappy with Aljazeera's converge of the disaster in Haiti. Not that a news organisation should lose sleep over a government official - any government official's criticism. Rather, I was amazed by the flimsy excuse to attack Aljazeera English. Appearing on Aljazeera to explain his characterisation of our coverage as 'unfair and unbalanced', Crowley sounded paternalistic. He said he 'supports' Aljazeera as an independent network and valued our presence in places like Haiti." Marwan Bishara, Imperium blog,, 28 January 2010. See previous post about same subject.