Sunday, July 31, 2005

Note of Protest to Reuters

Following the incredibly biased article written by Guyler Delva - and inspired by Daniel Simidor's forceful rebuttal of this piece of yellow journalism - I have written a note of protest to Reuters. Please feel free to send the same note, or one in your own words, to let Reuters know that we will not accept that their correspondent use the Reuters platform to spread the Gospel of Aristide to the rest of the world. Remind Reuters that one of their Reuters Trust Principles states:
that Reuters shall supply unbiased and reliable news services to newspapers, news agencies, broadcasters and other media subscribers and to businesses, governments, institutions, individuals and others with whom Reuters has or may have contracts;
The full text of my protest note is as follows:

I wish to draw your attention to the number of biased and erroneous "facts" that your Haiti corrrespondent, Guyler C. Delva, presented in his article entitled "As Vote Nears, Role of Top Party Is in Doubt".

The inaccuracies, some of which are significant, are as follows:

1. There is no reliable information today that Lavalas is the top party in Haiti;

2. It is completely false that the Lavalas party has been in existence for 20 years; it was createdabout 10 years ago after splitting from the OPL party.

3. The Lavalas party was in no way the driving force behind the departure of former president Duvalier, contrary to the suggestion of your correspondent.

As a Haitian, Mr. Delva should know better than to include such falsehoods in his article. And it is simply inexcusable that Reuters editors did not catch such patently false statements that could easily be verified independently.

The fact that Reuters published this biased article clearly violates one of the key Reuters Trust Principles, namely:

that Reuters shall supply unbiased and reliable news services to newspapers, news agencies, broadcasters and other media subscribers and to businesses, governments, institutions, individuals and others with whom Reuters has or may have contracts;

The article written by Delva smacks of revisionism and should be withdrawn or be corrected.

Yours faithfully,