A baboukèt, or muzzle, is a device that is placed over the snout of an animal to keep it from biting or otherwise opening its mouth. The Haitian society, especially the media, experienced tight government censorship during the Duvalier era. When the dictator fled into exile in 1986, the long-silenced public rejoiced in their freedom of speech. One of the popular expressions from that era is “Baboukèt la tonbe!” (the muzzle has fallen), which means that the people could finally speak freely.

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