The Haitian Revolution is considered to be the world's first successful slave insurrection that lead to the first independent state founded by former slaves. Colonial Europe followed the conflicts of the so-called “white” and “black” “races”, more precisely, the fights between Creoles and Africans against the French colonial power with great interest. Above all, the reports on foreign black leaders contributed to the creation of modern myths. Based on a historical source analysis of the oldest still publishing newspaper in the world, the Austrian “Wiener Zeitung”, this diploma thesis examines the European and, in particular, the Austrian perception of the events in Haiti from 1804-1825. Moreover, the aim of this paper is to illustrate the newspapers attitude towards the “foreign” population and to discuss if a typification of colonised people occurs. For this purpose, it starts with a brief overview of the formation of former colonial Saint Domingue and continues with a definition and description of the genesis of racial discrimination during the 18th and 19th century. Finally, the main point of this thesis, the perception of the “Wiener Zeitung” towards the state-building process of Haiti will be elaborated on basis of the proceeding information. Taking these results into account, it can be concluded that the “Wiener Zeitung” acted as a governmental mouthpiece and, therefore, the news coverage of foreign incidents was influenced by domestic policies and the relationship to the countries involved. Furthermore, it is shown that although the “Wiener Zeitung” emphasized its objective news coverage, it adopted the racist mindset of its time and created a typification.