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Date: November 15, 1996

Release #589-96

Contact: Colleen Roche (212) 788-2958 or Nydia Negron (212) 788-9364


Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani today proclaimed Friday, November 15, 1996, as "Haiti Observateur's 25th Anniversary Day." The proclamation was presented to Leopold Joseph and Raymond Joseph, co-founders and publishers of the newspaper, during a gala benefit held at the Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn.

"The Haiti Observateur has made an important contribution to the scope and diversity of our City's news media," Mayor Giuliani said. "For twenty-five years, it has provided a voice of independence and integrity that has met the diverse interests of the Haitian community of our City and beyond. From New York City to Chicago...from Paris to Port-Au-Prince, it is a world-class publication that has garnered much praise and recognition for the past two and a half decades."

Co-founder Raymond Joseph said, "This newspaper is a supermarket of ideas and all consumers should find their products in it. We are not a specialty store tailored to narrow interests."

The weekly newspaper was launched on July 23, 1971, from a living room on Manhattan's Upper West Side. It was the first community newspaper for New York's growing Haitian American community. The Observateur's motto is "Where there is no vision, the people perish," and from the beginning it has published all views on every topic. Articles in English and French for the bilingual community in our City and subscribers throughout the world cover a wide range of subjects.

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