Haiti paper shut

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PORT-AU-PRINCE (AP) - Haiti's influential opposition newspaper, the Creole-language Libete, shut down because of death threats and harassment.

It was the third shutdown in four years for the underground weekly, which acts as a voice for the nation's poor.

Libete's street vendors have been subject to regular arrests and beatings. Telephoned death threats have increased since the assassination on 28 August of Father Jean-Marie Vincent, the Catholic priest who advocated political reform. Haiti's generals warned they would not tolerate media reports of 'subversive' messages.

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