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Training and employment:

- Mrs. Montas holds a diploma in journalism from the University of Maine, and holds a Masters’ degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York, 1969.

- Michèle Montas began her career as journalist in Port-au-Prince for the paper Le Nouvelliste. She later worked as editor-in-chief for the cultural magazine Conjonction.

- From 1970 to 1980, she worked as journalist for Radio Haïti Inter, the only free radio station in the country.  She hosted the seven o’clock news and several years later became director of the station, in 2000.

- In the early 1980s, she worked in the French-speaking sector of the United Nations radio, as show host during her exile in New York.

- The journalist worked for the United Nations in the cabinet of Mr. Hunte for 10 years (4).  During the 1990s and up until December 31st, 2006, she acted as editor-in-chief for the French sector of the United Nations radio.  In this position, she continued to fight for freedom of expression.

- In 2003, Michèle Montas became spokesperson for the General Assembly of the UN.  
- On January 1st, 2007, she was appointed as spokesperson for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon from South Korea.

Related documentary:

L’Agronome (2004), a documentary by Jonathan Demme with the collaboration of Jean Dominique.  The portrait of a journalist and his wife, Michèle Montas, who give their points of view on the numerous battles in Haiti and on human rights violations.  Original title, in English: The Agronomist

Notes :

(1) For 25 years, this organization has  helped thousands of people fleeing persecution.

(2) January 1st is a significant date of an epic nature  in Haiti and for Black people.  On January 1st, 1804, the island of Saint-Domingue (former name of Haiti) gained its independence.  This former French colony became the first Black state of the modern era and the second independent state of the Americas, following the United States.  It is important to add that Haitians have been able to demonstrate a great level of maturity and stoicism during a time when nearly all peoples of the American continent had not thrown off the burden of colonialism.  Haiti was able to demonstrate to America the first civil code of an independent state (inspired by the Napoleonic code), in spite of the face that this country had experienced the bloodiest decolonization ever known.
(3) Mr. Ban Ki-Moon followed the second five-year mandate of the former Ghanaan head of the most important world organization, Mr. Kofi Annan.   Mr. Ban  Ki-Moon appointed Mr. Vijay Nambiar, from India, as Chief of his cabinet.

(4) More specifically, during both exile periods from 1981 to 1987 and during the coup d’état in 1991.

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