Martine Moïse
First Lady of Haiti, Martine Moïse speaks onstage during Fashion 4 Development’s 9th Annual Official First Ladies Luncheon at The Pierre Hotel on September 24, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for Fashion 4 Development ).

Haiti-based news outlet AyiboPost has shut down its offices in Bourdon, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, after government officials demanded the publication remove coverage debunking a voice message they said is from Martine Moïse. 

AyiboPost, an online investigative journalism publication, said artificial intelligence experts based in the U.S. and France helped it determine that the voice recording, which first appeared on the First Lady’s official Twitter account, could not be verified as belonging to Moïse. The widow has been receiving treatment at a Miami hospital since the July 7 assassination of her husband in their bedroom and has not been seen publicly. 

“After we published that piece, many people in the government tried to check us,” said Ralph Tomassaint Joseph, director of publication at AyiboPost, in an exclusive interview with The Haitian Times. “Our offices are very vulnerable and accessible.”

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Larisa Karr

Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of the 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at larisa@haitiantimes.com or on Twitter @larisakarr.