Le Nouvelliste's Comeback after 2010 Earthquake

Le Nouvelliste, Haiti's first-published newspaper, was struck down during the 2010 earthquake. Struggling for the next three months to keep publishing, it managed to put out 12 issues. The paper's online presence was uninterrupted, keeping subscribers up-to-date with the latest news developments.


Le Nouvelliste retains the distinction of being Haiti's one daily publication, committed to unimpeded dispersal of news information. Its mission is providing a channel for progressive ideas to emerge within the Haitian community.

Editor-in-chief Frantz Duval, in an interview given to Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), said after the earthquake its circulation figures showed decease in distribution from 15,000 to 10,000 daily issues. Advertising revenues from the publication plummeted. Encouraging, though, has been the return of 30% of its pre-earthquake advertising space, gradually re-appearing. Post-earthquake, news reporting had completely shut down, except for its online site, updated frequently. But by April, Le Nouvelliste's journalists have all returned to work.

Former Haitian investigative reporter, Jean Roland Chery, currently residing in the U.S., has written comprehensively on Haiti's devastation in the aftermath of the 7.0 jolter. He has been CPJ's eyes and ears on the ground, reporting on infrastructure collapse, government administrative losses, and displacement of tens of thousands of Haitians huddled in tent cities. He has also reported on the cholera epidemic, occurring nine months after the earthquake, and its resurgence after hurricanes Isaac and Sandy ripped through the country. His most recent article has helped to uncover the origin of the re-appearance of cholera, attributed to U.N. forces.

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