Face à l’Opinion: Joseph “Ti Jò” Georges and Sony Estéus on Community Radio Stations, 21 July 1999

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In the early 1990s — after the fall of Duvalier, and just before and during the coup years – some twenty community radio stations arose in Haiti amid a larger emergence of grassroots organizations. Joseph Georges and Sony Estéus of the Sosyete Animasyon ak Komikasyon Sosyal (SAKS) discuss the role of community radio in rural areas as a tool for social inclusion, and for promoting Haitian culture, participatory democracy and development, communication, education, and the voices of the poor. Interview Jean Dominique.

“One of the things that our national cultural politics did was to make the peasant hate himself, to give him a complex, to make him think that he has no value and that he has no culture. And one of the ways to make participation valid is to make the peasant know, understand, and feel that he has value – not only that, but that he has a lot to say.” – Joseph “Ti Jò” Georges

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2 March 2014: Chapo ba to Sony Estéus, who passed away suddenly on March 1.  Sony Estéus was a founding member of SAKS, and became its director in 2000.  He was a dedicated journalist and a staunch defender of the Haitian Creole language; with his passing, Haiti has lost a good man.  Onè, respè!

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