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About Raoul
Raoul Junior Lorfils is an Award winning journalist based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Working in the media (radio and TV) since 2011, He has devoted himself to writing in 2014 - first as a blogger and later as a news reporter with stories published on top Haitian outlets like Le Nouvelliste, Ayibopost and AlterPresse. He has also occasionally collaborated with BBC, BFMTV and has been featured in stories from Reuters Institute, Veja, Le Nouvelliste, Ayibopost, Juno7, Gazette Haiti, La Libre, Le Temps, IJNet, Loop News, Alterpresse…

In 2018, He became the editor-in-chief of Loop Haiti, the Haitian branch of Loop News, a media network operating in six countries in the Caribbean.In this position, Raoul ensures, among other things, the enhancement of Haitian excellence in all areas, the production of content that informs, educates and inspires. Raoul has recently started to work on making Loop Haiti a media that gives more voice to minorities groups in Haiti and publish more solution-based stories.

Raoul has twice been awarded with the Prix Jeune Journaliste en Haiti (2015-2016). In 2019, He was nominated among the 10 most influential personalities in the media field in Haiti by Haiti Tech Summit. Under his watch, Loop Haiti's newsroom has welcome several prestigious awards, and has been ranked as the most popular Haitian media in 2022.

Raoul has a master's degree in media management from Université de Lille, after previous studies in journalism and international relations. Alongside his work, He regularly speaks at conferences on the role of journalism, journalists’ social responsibilities, the fight against misinformation, among others, and he leads training sessions for journalists or aspiring journalists.
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The alleged gang leader 'Ti Grèg' shot dead by the police

21 Mar 2024  |  haiti.loopnews.com
Ernst Julmé, also known as 'Ti Greg', an alleged gang leader from Delmas 95, was killed by national police during clashes in Delmas 66 on March 21, 2024. The Police nationale d'Haïti confirmed the incident on Facebook. Julmé, who had escaped from prison on March 2, 2024, following an armed gang attack, was previously arrested in October 2021 for multiple charges, including murder. This marks the second gang leader killed by police this week, following the death of 'Makandal' in Bristou on March 20.

All Digicel services have been restored to 100% (Communiqué)

03 Mar 2024  |  haiti.loopnews.com
Digicel has informed its customers and the public that following a disruption caused by damage to its international fiber optic infrastructure in the areas of Dwouya and Kazo on National Road #1, all services including internet, SMS, MonCash, and international calls have been fully restored. The damage, which occurred on the evening of March 2, 2024, was due to the impact of bullets. Digicel apologizes for the inconvenience caused by this unfortunate incident and commends the technical team for their efforts to restore services despite access challenges in the affected areas.

Advice to Protect Yourself Against Cholera

10 Jan 2024  |  haiti.loopnews.com
Cholera continues to claim victims in Haiti. The Haitian Institute of Sign Language (IHLS) and its partners offer advice to help protect yourself and those around you.

Tropical depression over Haiti: 5 departments under orange alert, 5 under yellow

17 Nov 2023  |  haiti.loopnews.com
The General Directorate of Civil Protection and the Permanent Secretariat for Risk and Disaster Management have placed the departments of Grand'Anse, Nippes, South, Southeast, and Northwest Haiti under orange alert due to the passage of tropical depression number 22 over the Caribbean Sea. The Hydrometeorological Unit of Haiti confirmed the system, which may become a tropical storm, is moving towards southeastern Cuba. Heavy rains, strong winds, and rough seas are expected to affect these departments starting this evening. Landslides and blocked roads have been reported, and maritime activities along the southern coast and the Gulf of Gonâve have been prohibited. The population, especially those in vulnerable areas, is advised to follow safety instructions and weather bulletins.

Speaking as a fellow at the Solutions Journalism Network's Solutions Journalism Summit in Utah in 2022.

Appearing for the spot on the services offered by Groupe Medialternatif, parent company of Alterpresse and Alterpresse, for which I worked in 2017.

Co-host, on behalf of Gwoup Konbit and the #RootedInTrust project, of two training and awareness workshops against #misinformation and #rumors.

Among five journalists selected for a press trip organized by the French Embassy in Haiti and the Quai d'Orsay to explore the functioning of French institutions & media.

Here in 2016 I am introducing PUSH, a project resulting from the Elan Haiti 2016 youth forum. Our project aims to strengthen the employability of young Haitian professionals and graduates.

I speak at BANJ FM on the importance of press and media freedom in democracy.

Raoul Junior Lorfils, Content Manager at Loop Haiti, is nominated for “HAITI’S TOP 10 INFLUENCERS OF INDUSTRY: MEDIA (MAY 2019)”.

The most dangerous place to be a journalist is not an active war zone but Latin America

16 Oct 2023  |  reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk
The article discusses the alarming increase in violence against journalists in Latin America, with 2022 being the deadliest year on record for media workers in the region. It highlights the cases of Mexico and Haiti as particularly dangerous, with Mexico being the most lethal country for journalists worldwide. The article explores the factors contributing to this situation, including the decline of press freedom, authoritarian states, and a culture of impunity. It also examines the role of government officials in vilifying journalists and the impact of violence on the practice of journalism. The piece includes insights from journalists and representatives from the Committee to Protect Journalists, who express little optimism for improvement in 2023 unless there are significant changes in government actions and societal support for the press.

Haitian make-up prodigy transforms herself into international star Wyclef Jean

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Canapé-Vert says 'no' to the transfer of its police chief

02 Oct 2023  |  haiti.loopnews.com
Residents of Canapé-Vert in Port-au-Prince protested against the potential transfer of their local police chief, Inspector Wilkique Pierre, to another precinct. They argue that the decision by the Haitian National Police endangers Pierre's life due to his involvement in a recent incident where 13 suspected armed bandits were lynched. The community credits Pierre with helping to prevent attacks by armed gangs in the area.

Results of 9th Year Exams Available for Four Departments

01 Oct 2023  |  haiti.loopnews.com
The results of the 9th year fundamental exams for the 2022-2023 academic year are available for four departments: Centre, Nippes, Nord-Est, and Grand-Anse. The Ministry of National Education reports a 76% pass rate in Centre, 72% in Nippes, 87% in Nord-Est, and 95% in Grand-Anse. School directors in these departments can now collect their school's results from their respective departmental education directorates. Results for other departments will be communicated progressively as they become available.

87% success rate for the Northwest in 9th AF exams

23 Aug 2023  |  Loop News
The Ministry of National Education of Haiti announced that 87% of students in the Northwest department successfully passed the 9th AF exams for the 2022-2023 academic year. Out of 10,669 participants, 9,241 candidates passed, with results available by September 11. This marks the fifth department with known results, following the Northeast, Nippes, Grand'Anse, and Centre. The academic calendar for 2023-2024 includes important dates such as the start of the school year on September 11, 2023, and the end on June 28, 2024, with a total of 191 school days planned.

Digicel Announces Its Fiber Optic Infrastructure Suffered Damage

22 Aug 2023  |  haiti.loopnews.com
Digicel announced that its fiber optic infrastructure has been damaged in the Martissant area, causing connection difficulties for people in several departments including South, Southeast, West, Nippes, and Grande-Anse. The company was unable to address the issue due to insecurity in the area where the damage occurred. Digicel apologized for the inconvenience and stated that technicians are working to find a rapid solution.

Information on technical issues some MonCash customers are encountering

06 Aug 2023  |  haiti.loopnews.com
Several MonCash customers experienced difficulties using the application following an update on the night of August 5-6, 2023. The MonCash team has communicated improvements to their system and is aware that it is not yet fully operational. Technical teams are working continuously to resolve the issues, and customers will be kept informed via SMS or Digicel's social media pages. Customers are reminded they can still purchase plans or recharge their Digicel numbers using various codes and the MyDigicel app. MonCash assures customers that their account information will remain unchanged once reconnected.

Sun Auto 'attacked, looted and set on fire'

13 Jun 2023  |  haiti.loopnews.com
Sun Auto, a dealership for Honda and Hyundai vehicles located in Tabarre, was attacked, looted, and set on fire on the night of June 12 to 13, 2023. The owners are currently searching for their security agents and assessing the losses. This incident is the latest in a series of attacks in Tabarre, where gangs operate with impunity, without decisive police intervention or any statements from authorities. The owner of Sun Auto, also the honorary consul of Jamaica, is involved in discussions with Haitian political actors in Jamaica seeking a resolution to the country's crisis.

Two armored vehicles of the PNH set on fire by the Canaan gang

18 May 2023  |  haiti.loopnews.com
Two armored vehicles of the Haitian National Police were set on fire by the Canaan gang on National Road #1 near Source Matelas, Titayen. The incident occurred overnight from May 17 to May 18, as reported by Lionel Lazarre, the general coordinator of the National Syndicate of Haitian Police (SYNAPOHA). One police officer aboard one of the vehicles is missing. The police officers were ambushed by the armed group, which operates in the Canaan area. As of the writing of this article, the police have not yet commented on the incident. This follows an April 19, 2023, attack in Source Matelas by armed bandits, resulting in over forty deaths, including thirteen in one house, and many injured who cannot seek hospital treatment.

Everything you need to know about the National PIC before applying

15 May 2023  |  haiti.loopnews.com
Banj officially launched the fourth edition of the Community Ideathon Program (PIC) on May 15, 2023, targeting all 10 departments of Haiti. The program aims to strengthen youth leadership within their communities through entrepreneurship, offering an innovation fund of up to 1 million gourdes for the top two projects and 300,000 gourdes for each of the other eight projects.

Deaf Show, Season 2, Episode 4

13 May 2023  |  haiti.loopnews.com
Deaf Show's fourth episode in its second season will address alcohol and drug consumption, present an inspiring story of a person with a disability, and feature human rights activist Fenel Bellegarde, director of the Haitian Sign Language Institute, discussing how to combat discrimination against people with disabilities. The show, which aims to promote sign language and the rights of the hearing-impaired, is broadcast on Haiti's National Television and available on social media platforms and partner sites like Loop Haiti.

Air Transport: Five Radio Stations Suspended in Cap-Haïtien

06 May 2023  |  Loop News
The National Telecommunications Council (CONATEL) has suspended five radio stations in Cap-Haïtien, Haiti's second-largest city, due to interference with aeronautical frequencies. The affected stations were broadcasting on frequencies 92.5 MHz, 101.9 MHz, 103.3 MHz, 104.3 MHz, and 107.9 MHz. The interference disrupted air transport in the northern region, leading to several complaints by the National Office of Civil Aviation (OFNAC) to CONATEL. Station operators have been asked to make necessary equipment corrections, as stated by CONATEL in a note signed by Joses Jean Baptiste, the director general. Equipment from the station on 107.9 FM was permanently seized as it operated without state authorization.

The rate of the day for this Friday, April 28 and other news headlines

28 Apr 2023  |  haiti.loopnews.com
Krezi Paryaj, a branch of Haiti Gaming Group, has launched a new website, www.HGLoto.com, providing Haitians with the opportunity to participate in international lottery games. This development is part of the company's efforts to expand its services and offer more gaming options to the local population.

The director of the CAS, Edwine Tonton, arrested for corruption

25 Apr 2023  |  haiti.loopnews.com
Edwine Tonton, the director of the Caisse d'assistance sociale (CAS), was arrested on April 25, 2023, following an audition with the instructing judge Jean Wilner Morin. She is accused of influence trafficking related to embezzlement of funds during her administration at the public institution. Tonton had previously been banned from leaving the country. In connection with the case, the former chief accountant of the CAS, Pierre Richard Vales, is currently incarcerated at the national penitentiary for embezzlement of public funds and illegal interest.

Corpses in the streets of Pétion-Ville, SOS for Laboule

18 Mar 2023  |  haiti.loopnews.com
Over a dozen lifeless bodies were discovered on Monday, March 18, in the streets of Pétion-Ville, including on Pan American Street. The circumstances of the victims' deaths are currently unknown, but local residents report that the night of Sunday, March 17, was marked by heavy gunfire heard in the commune. Meanwhile, armed bandits are attacking and looting homes on the Kenscoff road, including the residence of Jean Volmar Demesyeux, a judge at the Superior Court of Accounts, in Laboule 18. Residents of the Laboule 12 and 18 neighborhoods are calling for help.

R-Smith Goes to 'Sing' Elsewhere

30 Dec 2021  |  Loop News
R-Smith, a young Haitian singer and guitarist, has relocated to the Dominican Republic to pursue his music career, escaping the instability, insecurity, and uncertainty of Haiti. Despite the challenges of migration, including cultural differences and potential discrimination, he has found opportunities to perform and create. His story reflects a broader trend of Haitian artists seeking better conditions abroad due to the lack of support and infrastructure at home. The article highlights the struggles of Haitian musicians and the impact of political and socio-economic crises on the cultural sector.

With tools like Spaces, the Haitian community can "do amazing things"

08 Jul 2021  |  haiti.loopnews.com
Twitter Spaces, an audio chat feature, is being embraced by the Haitian community to strengthen ties and empower themselves. Influencers like André Jean-Pierre, who contributed to the feature's design, and active users such as Farah Lamercie Augustin and the duo Marc Alain Boucicault and Carel Pèdre, are utilizing Spaces for discussions on various topics. The community sees Spaces as a way to connect globally and harness their collective strength. Regular sessions are held, including #ExecutiveTalkHT for business leaders, and the feature continues to develop with new updates like session recording.

With tools like Spaces, the Haitian community can "do amazing things"

08 Jul 2021  |  haiti.loopnews.com
Twitter Spaces, an audio chat feature, is being embraced by the Haitian community to strengthen ties and empower themselves. Influencers like André Jean-Pierre, who contributed to the feature's design, and active users such as Farah Lamercie Augustin and the duo Marc Alain Boucicault and Carel Pèdre, are utilizing Spaces for discussions on various topics. The community sees Spaces as a way to connect globally and harness their collective strength. Regular sessions are held, including #ExecutiveTalkHT for business leaders, and the feature continues to develop with new updates like session recording.

Representation of minorities in the media, a fact to fight, according to Raoul Junior Lorfils

11 Jun 2021  |  Le Quotidien News
Raoul Junior Lorfils, editor-in-chief at Loop Haiti and a master's student in Media Management at the University of Lille, is addressing the underrepresentation of minority groups in Haitian media. He has observed that groups such as the disabled, LGBTQ community, dwarfs, albinos, Muslims, and certain religious communities are not only underrepresented but also often portrayed negatively. Lorfils plans to make his media outlet more inclusive and to advocate for awareness on the issue. He has been recognized for his work with awards in 2015 and 2016.

Misinformation can have consequences on the public and discredit the media in question, according to Raoul Junior Lorfils of Loop Haiti

07 May 2021  |  gazettehaiti.com
During a press freedom celebration conference at the National Library of Haiti on May 7, 2021, journalist Raoul Junior Lorfils of Loop Haiti discussed the impact of misinformation on public perception and media credibility. He referenced Dr. Claire Wadler's analysis from First Draft News and outlined methods to combat misinformation, including media literacy education and adherence to professional ethics. The conference, attended by library director Dangelo Néard, emphasized the importance of vigilance against false information and consulting credible sources.

Journalism: 'One of the most beautiful professions in the world!'

01 Jun 2020  |  Juno7
Raoul Junior Lorfils, a passionate journalist from Haiti, shares his journey into the field of journalism. With a background in international relations and multimedia journalism, Lorfils has worked for various media outlets including Alter Presse, Le Nouvelliste, Ayibopost, and Loop Haiti. His dedication to the profession was ignited by a report on the struggles of people with disabilities in public transportation, which earned him recognition. Despite the risks associated with journalism in Haiti, Lorfils remains committed to the profession, emphasizing the importance of staying updated with evolving technologies and the role of journalists in crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the Dominican Republic, couples 'united' against the coronavirus

25 May 2020  |  Loop News
In the Dominican Republic's Los Prados Orientales neighborhood, couples are adapting to life under confinement due to COVID-19. Haitian couple Carl Joseph and Sergine Louis, living together for 17 months, are spending unprecedented time together, balancing work from home and studies. Delva and Annie Réginald, also from Haiti, express financial concerns due to the pandemic's impact on their income. Pastor Fernando Gonzalez and his wife, with two of their children, are maintaining their faith while minimizing outings, with Fernando's work at a factory producing essential protective materials and his visits to church members. All individuals are taking precautions to protect themselves and each other from the virus.

458 000 personnes meurent chaque année à cause du cancer du sein

01 Oct 2019  |  Loop News
The article discusses the impact of breast cancer globally and specifically in Haiti, citing WHO statistics of 1.38 million new cases and 458,000 deaths annually. It highlights the late diagnosis in low-income countries and references a report by Natacha Gué Joseph in Le Nouvelliste about the prevalence of breast cancer in Haiti. The article also talks about the 'Pink October' initiative for breast cancer awareness and the symbolic support by Loop, which is participating in the campaign across its six Caribbean communities. The history of the pink ribbon as a symbol of solidarity and hope is explained, and the article concludes with a call to action for year-round prevention efforts in Haiti, echoing the sentiments of cancer survivor Natacha Gué Joseph.

Disability and Public Transport in Haiti: When Will the Nightmare End?

02 Aug 2019  |  Loop News
Disabled individuals in Haiti face significant challenges in using public transportation, with issues such as overcrowding, lack of accessibility, and societal indifference. Despite representing 10% of the population, they often wait over an hour for a tap-tap and are sometimes refused entry. The state has been criticized for not upholding the rights of disabled persons as per international conventions. Efforts like the 'tap-tap for all' project, funded by Canadian Auto Workers and supported by Handicap International and BSEIPH, aim to improve the situation. However, the impact has been limited, and advocates like Junel Mercier of RANIPH call for national prioritization of this issue.

To combat violence, 'keep young people busy'

12 Apr 2019  |  Loop News
Community violence in the United States, particularly in Chicago, is being addressed by keeping young people engaged in positive activities, according to Teny Gross, Froilan Gonzales, and Christopher Harris. The Institute for nonviolence Chicago, led by Teny Gross, promotes non-violence and peace through services for violence victims, training, and conflict management. Froilan Gonzales runs the SAVE program in Cook County Detention Center, focusing on rehabilitating young detainees. Christopher Harris, a Cook County Sheriff's officer, also emphasizes the importance of keeping youth busy to prevent delinquency. The article highlights the need for a collective effort from the state, civil society, and churches to provide the necessary support for at-risk youth to change and evolve.

End of TPS, 'a well-studied decision' says Ambassador Sison

29 Apr 2018  |  haiti.loopnews.com
U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Michele J. Sison stated that the decision to end Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for nearly 60,000 Haitians living in the U.S. was well-considered. The TPS was revoked by the Trump administration, with the expectation that affected Haitians will return to Haiti by July 2019. Sison highlighted changes in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake and 2016 Hurricane Matthew, and mentioned U.S. programs supporting job creation, health, agriculture, and education in Haiti. The documentary 'TPS' by Haitian journalist Valéry Numa reveals the fear among Haitians of returning to their country. Criticism of the decision comes from media, human rights organizations, and U.S. lawmakers, questioning the motives behind the TPS termination.

Amputee but determined: the life lesson of a January 12 survivor

14 Jan 2018  |  Loop News
On the 8th anniversary of the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Loop Haiti shared the story of Peterson Augustin, a survivor who has overcome his disability and rebuilt his life. Despite losing his right foot, Augustin graduated in Marketing and Public Relations, works in his field, is married with three daughters, and drives a modified car. He is involved with the Vision for Disabled People in Haiti (VIPHA-Haiti) and participated in a mini-film to raise awareness about the challenges faced by disabled people in Haiti. He discusses the barriers to integration for disabled individuals, such as mobility issues, education, and societal prejudices. Efforts by organizations like the BSEIPH and NGOs are noted, but Augustin emphasizes the need for continued and strengthened efforts for accessibility and inclusion.

Haitian Rural Life: 'If It Weren't for Solidarity...'

27 Sep 2016  |  AyiboPost
Haitian rural areas are increasingly deteriorating, with agriculture, livestock, and fishing failing to meet needs. The concept of 'coumbite,' a form of communal labor, has become a crucial defense for peasants. Over half of Haiti's population is rural and at the bottom of the social pyramid, with their livelihoods threatened by climate change, environmental degradation, and lack of infrastructure. Solidarity through coumbites, mutual aid associations, and community debates helps them survive and resist migration to cities. However, such solidarity is waning, raising concerns about the future of rural life in Haiti.

Haiti and its self-justice against insecurity or 'fighting evil with the worst'

06 Jan 2016  |  AyiboPost
In Haiti, particularly in Port-au-Prince, lynching has become a rampant response to insecurity, with at least 10 people killed by angry mobs in 2015. The practice, which dates back to colonial times, has been increasingly seen as a form of 'popular justice' in the face of political and economic crises, a failing judicial system, and rising insecurity. Despite the illegality and moral condemnation of such acts, many Haitians view lynching as an effective deterrent against crime. The United Nations Police in Haiti (UNPOL/MINUSTAH) and the National Police of Haiti (PNH) occasionally intervene, but often too late or without sufficient resources. The prevalence of lynching is partly attributed to a lack of trust in the judicial system, exacerbated by corruption and the phenomenon of 'prizon koulé' where criminals can buy their freedom. Experts argue that this undermines the judicial system and could lead to more violence, including against innocents. They call for civic education and strengthening of the judicial system to address the root causes of this vigilante justice.
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