The Challenges to Ethical Journalism in Haiti

Apr 92012

Former Knight International Journalism Fellow Kathie Klarreich has covered Haiti for more than two decades, but she is still surprised by the dilemmas facing Haitian reporters. In spite of the apparent conflicts of interest, low-paid Haitian reporters often take second jobs working for political candidates or the government to help them pay bills. In this piece in the Caribbean Journal, which was first published in Quill magazine, Klarreich says that some journalists now realize the lack of ethics "has stunted the power of the press and contributed to its reputation of being partial and unreliable." With eight news organizations in Haiti adopting codes of ethics for the first time and journalists actively engaged in the issue, "the trend is moving in the right direction," she says.