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Radio Kiskeya rumor of closure

On Tuesday morning, December 1, 2015, around 1:00 AM, some unknown gunmen opened fire at Radio Television Kiskeya in Port-au-Prince. This was the first armed attack to the most popular radio station in Haiti which is dedicated to the news of Caribbean pop. Few bullets hit the building's front, gate, barrier and windows. Fortunately, no casualty was reported.

The gun attack came during a time when the country is passing through a tensed electoral crisis. The police have opened an investigation to find the cause and culprits of the attack. As per Senator Simon Desras, there are possibilities that the plan of the attack was hatched at the Prime Minister's office to silence certain media. The statement of Marvel Dandin, the Director General of Radio Kiskeya was also framed in the same tune. Without naming, he has linked the attack with electoral crisis.

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Radyo Televizyon Kiskeya femen pot li pou yon peryod endetemine

Marvel Dandin, Direktè Jeneral nan Radyo Televizyon Kiskeya jis lage yon nòt nan laprès la. Dapre sezi, moun nan lokalite yo nan Radyo Televizyon yon Kiskeya ap rete fèmen pou yon peryòd endetèmine.


Radio Television Kiskeya closed until further notice

Marvel Dandin, the General Director of Radio Television Kiskeya just release a note to the press. according to marvel, the locals of Radio an Television Kiskeya will remain closed until further notice.

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Yo tire sou lokal televizyon Radio Kiskeya

Atak ak zam Kont lokal televizyon Radio Kiskeya. Sa te pase byen bonè, 30 desanm 2015, o zalantou dis è 1am. biwo radyo ak televizyon Kiskeya yo te atake pa moun ak zam yo pa konnin. Zòn ki afekte enkli fasad bilding lan, pòtay ak pòt devan an. Pa gen moun ki te frape pa bal yo.


Armed attack against the location of Radio Télé Kiskeya. This took place early December 30, 2015, around 1am when the offices of Radio and Télé Kiskeya were attacked by unidentified individuals with guns. The areas affected included main façade of the building, the gate and the front door. No one was hit by the bullets.

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Radio Kiskeya, Liliane Pierre-Paul, response to Martelly's comments on Caraibes

Liliane Pierre-Paul, President of Association of Haitian Media who is also the host of Radio Kiskeya's 4 o'clock news, responded vigorously to President Michel Martelly's comments in which he compared himself and Liliane Pierre-Paul. Pierre-Paul went up to criticize the disparaging comments made by the Head of the State and his executive team in which the Head of the State belittle her by calling her Ti-Lily. Liliane was elected the President of the Association of Haitian Media by her peers. She opened her criticism with a French proverb "Comparaison n'est pas raison..." which means Comparison is not Right or Comparison Proves Nothing.

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Michel Martelly aka Sweet Micky Vs Liliane Pierre Paul aka "Ti Lili"

Does President Michel Martelly have the right to call Liliane Pierre Paul, "Ti Lili"?

President Michel Martelly feels that he has every right in the world to call the popular Kiskeya Radio host "Ti Lili". The problem is that Liliane Pierre Paul does not see it that way.

She went on the air following the interview to bring some precisions that her name was Liliane Pierre Paul, and for her close friends, it is acceptable to call her "Lili and nothing else.

According to the senior journalist and the director of programming at Radio Kiskeya, Lilianne Pierre Paul, in referring to he as "Ti Lili" by the Haitian president, this is a way to demean her. Marvel Dandin also denounced the evil eye of President Michel Martelly against the Haitian Press

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The History of Radio Broadcasting in Haiti

Radios are a major part of Haitian Culture. Almost everyone, children, youth, women and men in Haiti listen to radio. Statistics show that over 97 percent of the country's population own a radio set and at least three hundred radio broadcasting stations are operational.

According to Paolo Woods, a renowned photographer, the radio "is always on" in Haiti. It is playing everywhere; in the shops and restaurants. "It is like background sound".

Every influential person in Haiti in need of audience gets space. Catholic nuns and voodoo priests get their share to broadcast religious material.

The history of radios in Haiti is a funny one. Radios arrived in the 1930s and would only tune to one and only one channel. US missionaries donated the very first receivers to the Haitians hoping that they would be faithful listeners of Radio Lumiere.

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The power of Radio in the Haitian Society

Haitian radio is the chief means of media communication on the island. Few have income to buy a TV, and those who have sets are subject to unreliable electricity service. Going online to access news coverage is impossible for all but the rich. Not only is newspaper distribution minimal, but 80% of the population are illiterate. The only information source available to everyone is the radio and radio stations are plentiful in Haiti. Reception is widely accessible in virtually every village on the island. Radios cost little to own and run on batteries.

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Lesly Martelly, Cousin of President Michel Martelly shot two times

The Insecurity in Haiti does not discriminate. A cousin of President Michel, Lesly Martelly, has become the latest victim of insecurity in Haiti as he was shot by a gunmen during an attempted robbery in Delmas 2, Port-au-Prince.

The shooting incident took place Tuesday, December 18, 2012

According to Radio Kiskeya, the bandits opened fire on Lesly Martelly to rob his car. Martelly was taken to the hospital immediately where he had to undergo surgery. The victim is not in dangeras reported by government officials.

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Radio Kiskeya, The Trio Liliane Pierre-Paul, Marvel Dandin and Sony Bastien

Since its inception in 1994, Radio Kiskeya has been a popular addition to the Haitian sound-scape. Founded by Sony Bastien, Marvel Dandin and Liliane Pierre-Paul, three of Haiti's most revered journalists, already well known from their Radio Haiti Inter days, Radio Kiskeya reaches its listeners through relay programmes by its partners Platinum 88.9 FM in Camp Perrin, Tet a Tet 202.9 FM in Saint-Marc and Sans Souci 106.9 FM in Cap-Haïtien.

The station offers myriad ways in which to listen to their broadcast. Keeping up with the stations most popular shows like Public Interest and Pale Poun Vanse is possible by phone in The Dominican Republic, France and the United States. Other locales may keep tuned in on the internet. Those in Haiti need only to tune in to 88.5 to be a part of the Kiskeya listenership.

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