The Investigation Continues

Widow of Slain Haitian Radio Journalist Carries on His Work Amid Threats

Meanwhile, Port-au-Prince experienced yet another of its traditionally violent pre-election weeks. Dozens of bombs exploded in the streets in the most populated quarters, killing and injuring scores of people.

Not that the government has done nothing. However, some of its timid efforts have been stymied by members of the new legislaturemost of them are from the Lavalas Party—who won office last May. A key issue in those elections: the method of tabulating the vote. (Sound familiar?) Short of changes in the way votes are tabulated, the opposition parties—as well as the U.S. government—now say they will not recognize anyone who is elected, including Aristide, who is still the most popular politician in Haiti.

Does all of this signal the end of the investigation of Dominique's murder? "I believe it is just temporary," replies Montas firmly. "As long as I'm alive and as long as Radio Haiti exists, this crime will not stay unsolved."

Michèle Montas with Jean Dominique at Radio Haiti Inter
photo: Courtesy of NCHR
Michèle Montas with Jean Dominique at Radio Haiti Inter

In the background, the clearly audible reverberation of machine-gun shots is a reminder that the investigation undoubtedly will take a bit longer.

On Sunday, December 10 (International Human Rights Day), filmmaker Jonathan Demme and the National Coalition for Haitian Rights will honor the work of Jean Dominique and Michèle Montas at the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University, Broadway and 116th Street, Manhattan. A 30-minute segment of a "documentary-in-progress" by Demme about Dominique will be shown. Montas will receive the Michael F. Hooper Award for Human Rights. The program will begin at 5 p.m. For further information, call 212-337-0005.

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