Sunday, February 14, 2016

Jacqueline Charles of the Miami Herald scorns Haitian journalists in an email to Hillary Clinton’s assistant.

  Original French Version  is available
Jacquelines Charles
It is true that many Haitians take the title of journalist for nothing more than a passing moment when they find themselves behind a microphone.

But when Jacqueline Charles speaks with disdain in a manner generalizing Haitian journalists, that’s the limit.

In an e-mail addressed to Cheryl Mills, assistant to Hillary Clinton, Charles writes in a sarcastic tone to the recipient, "these so called - journalists” including journalist Kim Yves who is closely associated with JBA....

Despite her degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina -- of which a member of Haiti Connexion is also a graduate in addition to having a master degree from Syracuse University*-- it seems Charles does not understand the term “journalist.”

For her personal knowledge, we offer to teach her that the profession of a journalist consists of gathering information to write an article or put together a report in order  to present facts that contribute to the news and public information. "

Thus, ""The work of a journalist is primarily to gather information and write articles or publish written reports (articles, audio, photo or video), by consulting  news agencies, gathering documentation and  interviewing experts or witnesses by protecting the sources who provide information to the journalists.”

We use the term reporter when he is placed at the scene, chronicler or columnist when their articles are specialized in a particular genre and even critiques for some of them: literary, dramatic, film, music, art gourmet. He or she is an editorialist or ticket agent, when he/she puts forward an opinion, usually that of his/her company. When the reporter conducts long and thorough investigations on difficult subjects, he is an investigative journalist.

Sub-editors, who provide editing work by rereading and rewriting as needed, also have the status of professional journalist, like their counterparts in broadcasting, publishing leaders and presenters, press photographers, designers, iconographers, photojournalists and press librarians ... "
At ease with her limited definition that she certainly did not learn from  the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a school renowned for its academic standards in journalism, Jacqueline Charles does not hesitate to put  Haitian journalists in a "basket”, which only the check she receives from Miami Herald allows her to do so.

Indeed this check that she receives from Miami Herald does not give her the right to redefine the concept of universal journalism as she so despicably talked about Haitian journalists because they are simply Haitians.

Did you know that in countries like Haiti where freedom of the press has not existed "no degree is required to practice the profession of journalism? An internship in one or two news media may however be required." Because the human rights activists understand that where repression exists, people do not need a person with a "degree" from a US university to denounce to the world the violations they suffer.

While Kim Ives can independently inform the public about what is really happening in Haiti, we can bet that Charles is limited, as a simple reporter at Miami Herald, in her stories  because the board of directors of that newspaper are looking closely at what  she can write without damaging the interests of the newspaper. As Kim Ives is a journalist, chronicler, editorialist, investigative reporter, and columnist. Jacqueline Charles is to the contrary a simple reporter for the Miami Herald that holds her with a rope that she can’t detach herself from because she is afraid of losing the monthly check: A mandatory requirement of the major medias in the mainstream.

We hope that Charles has not lost all learning of her Journalism classes but at least she must know that JOURNALISM,  as known in the United States or Haiti, comes in many facets:


•Literary criticism

• corresponding

• war correspondent

• cartoonist

• columnist

• feuilletonist

• fixer

• video journalism

• photojournalist

• Editor

• editorial secretary

It is not enough to be an employed reporter of an American newspaper to exclusively grab the title of "journalist" and belittle others working in the fields mentioned above.
Charles has prided herself on blaming "those alleged journalists including Kim Yves" to be affiliated with JBA "in one of the emails published by the US State Department.

Journalist Kim Ives of Haiti Liberté, DN 1/20/2010 (1/2)

Perhaps is it also fair to conclude that she is working or  collaborating closely with the clique of Hillary Clinton as she has promised to keep in touch and "update them"

*School also famous for its Journalism program

Carl Gilbert,MD
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