Pina – the only reporter with an agenda

If it weren’t such serious business, the Committee for the Protection of Journalists’s little bulletin on Kevin Pina would elicit a wry chuckle.

It goes like this:

Editor’s note: The original text of this alert has been changed to clarify Pina’s relationship with Lavalas.

New York, September 12, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern at the arrest on Friday of a U.S. filmmaker and a Haitian reporter who were covering a police search in the capital


If it weren’t such serious business, the Committee for the Protection of Journalists’s little bulletin on Kevin Pina would elicit a wry chuckle.

It goes like this:

Editor’s note: The original text of this alert has been changed to clarify Pina’s relationship with Lavalas.

New York, September 12, 2005—The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern at the arrest on Friday of a U.S. filmmaker and a Haitian reporter who were covering a police search in the capital

Port-au-Prince. Kevin Pina, a filmmaker and correspondent with Flashpoints, a California-based radio show produced by station KPFA Berkeley , and Jean Ristil, a Haitian working for The Associated Press, were held in police custody for four days on suspicion of showing disrespect to a magistrate and resisting authority. They were released without charge today.

Pina told CPJ he was arrested while filming Judge Jean Perez Paul and police officers who were searching the church of the Rev. Jean Juste, a jailed priest who is considered a possible Lavalas presidential candidate in

elections in November 2005. Pina is a supporter of Lavalas, the party of ousted president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The judge had said that Pina hit him while police tried to remove him from the church, the AP reported. Pina denied this.

I wonder if the CPJ would do this for mainstream reporters: i.e., ‘Editor’s Note: The original text of this alert has been changed to clarify the reporter’s relationship to his corporate employers.’

Justin Podur

Author: Justin Podur

Author of Siegebreakers. Ecology. Environmental Science. Political Science. Anti-imperialism. Political fiction. Teach at York U's FES. Author. Writer at ZNet, TeleSUR, AlterNet, Ricochet, and the Independent Media Institute.

2 thoughts on “Pina – the only reporter with an agenda”

    1. Kevin Pina
      In a country where truth and Justice hardly ever prevail. I have found Pina to be someone looking for the truth. He has his own political views, but don’t we all. He is still reporting about situations in Haiti that would go unreported. I know because I was two years in Haiti with MINUSTAH and observed Pina firsthand. This included his bogus arrest by one of the most corrupt judges in Haiti. You continue your work Kevin!

      RL

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