An Internews team of media specialists and radio technicians has been in Haiti since the earthquake to assess damage to media infrastructure and support local media.
On Thursday, January 21st, 11 local radio stations in Haiti aired a Creole-language humanitarian information broadcast produced by Internews.
The program, Nouvelle-Utiles (News You Can Use) will be produced daily and distributed to local radio stations, which are eager to air it.
Thursday’s program included stories refuting rumors that there was an imposed curfew in Port-au-Prince, and notice of water distribution locations, bank re-openings, and waste management services. Information from the Red Cross discouraged hasty and uncoordinated disposal of bodies, and dispelled rumors that dead bodies cause disease.
Local journalists reported the stories in the broadcast, produced and distributed by Internews. More stations will be added to the distribution, as they return to broadcasting.
Stations airing the program include: Radio Signal, a popular Port-au-Prince station which never stopped broadcasting, even during the earthquake; Radio ONE, the only independent radio station with national reach; and Radio National, Haiti’s state broadcaster.
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As reported this week by the Associated Press and others, news and information – on safety, food, shelter, water, and stability – are lifelines for victims of the earthquake in Haiti:
“The radio station is the people’s life right now,” said 56-year-old Roselaure Revil, a Haitian who runs a small church aid program that is out of food, water and clothing. “Without the radio station, the country is dead. Without the radio station, we can't communicate. We don’t have anything.”
Full article in The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/01/20/world/AP-CB-Haiti-Radio.html
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