The Trial of Ibo Simon

Philippe Zacaïr

in Haiti and the Haitian Diaspora in the Wider Caribbean

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034614
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039053 | DOI:
The Trial of Ibo Simon

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This chapter explores the role of the popular media in igniting anti-Haitian violence in Caribbean states. In 2001, Ibo Simon, a powerful media person was charged with flaring up racist hatred and violence against Haitian immigrants in Guadeloupe. This chapter explains the journey of Ibo's channel “Canal 10” in being an integral part of violent atrocities against Haitian migrants. However, the media also assisted in recognizing the inherent Haitian cultural elements in Guadeloupean society. One section of the Guadeloupean media perceived illegal immigration by Haitians to be responsible for insecurity, violence, and other social evils in society. While the other half of the media focused on Haitian history. In short, the popular Guadeloupean media played an essential role in spreading both anti-Haitian discourse as well as admiring Haitian history and culture.

Keywords: popular media; anti-Haitian violence; Ibo Simon; Guadeloupean society; Haitian cultural elements; Haitian history; Guadeloupean media

Chapter.  6235 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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