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Police Free ‘14ymedio’ Journalist Reinaldo Escobar

Police Free ‘14ymedio’ Journalist Reinaldo Escobar / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 1 December 2016 — The journalist Reinaldo Escobar, editor in chief of 14ymedio, was detained for more than four hours on Thursday, in the midst of the control measures that the Government deployed after the death of Fidel Castro. The reporter gave an interview to […] Continue reading

After an artist is detained in Cuba for celebrating Castro’s death, little hope for change

After an artist is detained in Cuba for celebrating Castro’s death, little hope for change BY CHABELI HERRERA Is a Cuba without one Castro a more open place for artists? Before anyone could get the question out this weekend, Cuba was already answering. Cuban street artist Danilo Maldonado Machado, also known as El Sexto, was […] Continue reading

Cuba Survives Fidel Castro

Cuba Survives Fidel Castro / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana 27 November 2016 – Few people were watching official television at that hour. The news of Fidel Castro’s death began to spread through the night on Friday by phone, as information that was vague and imprecise. “Again?” my mother asked when I called […] Continue reading

Tania Bruguera – Cuban artist fights for free expression

Tania Bruguera: Cuban artist fights for free expression How the internationally renowned dissident artist turned a performance piece into a fight for freedom of expression. by Carlos Manuel Alvarez Carlos Manuel Alvarez is a Cuban journalist. Havana, Cuba – It is December 17, 2014 and the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera is at Pope Francis’ weekly […] Continue reading

Prison, death, exile – Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communistCuba

Prison, death, exile: Outcomes of peaceful opposition to a communist Cuba BY JUAN O. TAMAYO AND NORA GAMEZ TORRES ngameztorres@elnuevoherald.com There are 44 years of dissidence between Cuban human rights activist Elizardo Sánchez and street protester Sara Martha Fonseca, four and a half decades of peaceful opposition to a communist system that jails people for […] Continue reading

Will history absolve Fidel Castro, or will he end up vilified?

Will history absolve Fidel Castro, or will he end up vilified? BY ANDRES OPPENHEIMER aoppenheimer@MiamiHerald.com How will Fidel Castro be remembered? Will history absolve him, as he defiantly proclaimed as a young revolutionary in the early 1950s? Or will he end up like so many other Latin American strongmen, who wielded immense power in their […] Continue reading

Cuba, Getting On-line to be Informed: This is the Dilemma

Cuba, Getting On-line to be Informed: This is the Dilemma / Iván García Iván García, 27 October 2015 — Roberto, age 47, is a balding athletic type who usually has earphones hanging around his neck, he’s an engineer, an expert in bridge construction. For a decade now, twice a year he goes to Miami where […] Continue reading

I do not want to put on a ‘media show’

“I do not want to put on a ‘media show’ “ / 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila 14ymedio, Eliecer Avila, 4 November 2016 — How many times have we heard the phrase “I do not want to put on a media show,” especially from people who have been victims of institutional abuse in Cuba? It would seem […] Continue reading

Harassment of Pinar del Río Journalists Continues

Harassment of Pinar del Río Journalists Continues / 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez 14ymedio, Ricardo Fernandez, Pinar del Rio, 11 November 2016 — A new wave of repression erupted on 9 November against journalists and contributors to the fortnightly newsletter Pinareño Panorama. This media, belonging to the Cuban Institute for Freedom of Expression and the Press (ICLEP) […] Continue reading

End of the Obama Era – Valuable Time Lost

End of the Obama Era: Valuable Time Lost / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Havana, 8 November 2016 – On Tuesday a new era opens for the United States and for the rest of the nations on the planet, while for Cuba a period of great opportunities will end, one that the Plaza of […] Continue reading

Cuban Film Director Juan Carlos Cremata Relocates to Miami

Cuban Film Director Juan Carlos Cremata Relocates to Miami / 14ymedio 14ymedio, 5 November 2016 — The Cuban filmmaker and theater director Juan Carlos Cremata decided to stay in Miami and become “one more exile,” according to the newspaper El Nuevo Herald. Cremata had been censured for his production of El Rey Se Muere (in […] Continue reading

14ymedio Reporter Sol Basulto García Arrested In Camagüey

14ymedio Reporter Sol Basulto García Arrested In Camagüey / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 4 November 2016 – The reporter Sol García Basulto was arrested by Cuban State Security Thursday night when she was traveling to Havana. The correspondent for 14ymedio in Camagüey was intercepted on the way to the capital by officers who handcuffed her and […] Continue reading

Robbed, Arrested And Beaten By Cuban State Security

Robbed, Arrested And Beaten By Cuban State Security / 14ymedio, Juannier Matos Rodriguez 14ymedio, Juannier Rodriguez Matos, Baracoa, 30 October 2016 — On Wednesday, October 12 at 5:40 pm, when I was on my way to the phone company in downtown Baracoa, the voice of Capitan Alfredo Oliveros ruined my afternoon, “Juannier, let’s go to […] Continue reading

From Today Your Life Will Be “Very Difficult,” State Security Tells Dagoberto Valdes

From Today Your Life Will Be “Very Difficult,” State Security Tells Dagoberto Valdes / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 28 October 2016 — The director of the Center for Coexistence Studies (CEC), Dagoberto Valdes, summoned to a meeting with State Security on Thursday, received “an official warning” which anticipates “the possibility of committing crimes against State Security […] Continue reading

“It Is Not Because You Write In ‘OnCuba’, It Is What You Write,” University Professor Told

“It Is Not Because You Write In ‘OnCuba’, It Is What You Write,” University Professor Told / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 26 October 2016 — “It’s not because you write in OnCuba, it is what you write,” were the words used by the authorities of the Faculty of Law of the University […] Continue reading

Tom Malinowski Speaks with the Independent Cuban Press

Tom Malinowski Speaks with the Independent Cuban Press / 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya 14ymedio, Miriam Celaya, Havana, 15 October 2016 — The second round of talks on Human Rights took place this past Friday between the governments of Cuba and the United States, as part of the ongoing dialogue initiated when relations were restored. In line […] Continue reading

Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens

Who Has The Right to Tell a Country’s Stories? All Its Citizens / Periodismo de Barrio Periodismo de Barrio, 16 October 2016 – On 11 October 2016, six members of our Periodismo de Barrio (Neighborhood Journalism) team and two collaborators were arrested in the town of Baracoa, Guantanamo province. We were not arrested for smiling. […] Continue reading

Regional press group calls on Cuba to loosen Internet controls

Regional press group calls on Cuba to loosen Internet controls Published October 17, 2016 EFE MEXICO CITY – The Inter American Press Association, or IAPA, called on the Cuban government Monday to end its strict controls over Internet access and digital platforms. As it wrapped up its 72nd General Assembly in Mexico City, the IAPA […] Continue reading

Granma makes it clear – only Government and accredited foreign press may report on the ravages of Matthew

Granma makes it clear: only Government and accredited foreign press may report on the ravages of Matthew DDC | Madrid | 15 de Octubre de 2016 – 19:28 CEST. On Thursday the regime’s official newspaper, Granma, made it clear that only Government press and accredited foreign media on the Island may report on the ravages […] Continue reading

Cuban Independent Press Grows Despite Censorship

Cuban Independent Press Grows Despite Censorship / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 13 October 2016 – The Cuban independent press has been marked by two opposing phenomena: censorship and growth, according to the report on Cuba published by the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) on Thursday. The document prepared for the association made up of representatives from […] Continue reading

Cuba’s Most Controversial Artist Is Running For President

Cuba’s Most Controversial Artist Is Running For President Masha (Maria) Koblykova — Oct 14 2016 Earlier today Tania Bruguera, a Cuban artist known for pushing the boundaries of free speech in her performances, announced her candidacy for the country’s 2018 presidential election. She also encouraged Cuban citizens to follow her example and submit their own […] Continue reading

Maykel González Vivero “You cannot imagine what a cell is like”

Maykel González Vivero: “You cannot imagine what a cell is like” DDC | Madrid | 14 de Octubre de 2016 – 09:16 CEST. Journalist Maykel González Vivero, a DIARIO DE CUBA collaborator, was released Wednesday after spending three days in a cell in Baracoa, where he had been travelled to report on the ravages of […] Continue reading

Journalist Elaine Diaz Arrested In Baracoa While Reporting On Hurricane Matthew

Journalist Elaine Diaz Arrested In Baracoa While Reporting On Hurricane Matthew / 14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 12 October 2016 — The journalist Elaine Diaz, director of the independent media Periodismo de Barrio (Neighborhood Journalism), was arrested Wednesday morning in Baracoa, Guantanamo province, while covering the damage left by Hurricane Matthew. The reporter was accompanied by several […] Continue reading

Committee to Protect Journalists Invites Journalists in Cuba to “Cross the Red Lines

Committee to Protect Journalists Invites Journalists in Cuba to “Cross the Red Lines” /14ymedio 14ymedio, Havana, 28 September 2016 – Dismantling the legal framework for the press and eliminating all barriers to individual access to the internet are key factors to promote a more open information environment in Cuba, according to the report Connecting Cuba: […] Continue reading

Cuban press makes strides despite controls

Group: Cuban press makes strides despite controls WORLD by MICHAEL ASTOR, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Posted Sep 28, 2016 9:27 am PDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2016 at 10:00 am PDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – An independent press is emerging in Cuba despite a constitutional requirement that media be controlled by the one party communist state, […] Continue reading

Cuba – Harassment of alternative media

Cuba: Harassment of alternative media ARMANDO CHAGUACEDA | Ciudad de México | 22 de Septiembre de 2016 – 14:05 CEST. A new fight against the demons of censorship is being waged these days in Cuba. In a feverish damage control operation, the Cuban authorities and their organic propagandists have accused various media and journalists of […] Continue reading

The Cuban Media Is Simply a Disgrace

The Cuban Media Is Simply a Disgrace September 16, 2016 Jimmy Roque Martinez HAVANA TIMES — Last July, the controversial speech given by the assistant director of the official Granma newspaper during a meeting of the Cuban Journalists Association circulated around the internet and was passed around on USB sticks on the island. As we […] Continue reading

Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime

Fidel Castro’s Battle of Ideas… Political Pantomime / Somos+, Roberto Camba How much truth can a man take? Friedrich Nietzsche Somos+, Roberto Camba, 12 September 2016 — They say it began with the fight to return the young rescued rafter Elian Gonzalez from the United States to Cuba. Really it was much earlier, since the […] Continue reading

In Castroism, Those Who Deviate From the Script Are Adversaries

In Castroism, Those Who Deviate From the Script Are Adversaries / Iván García Ivan Garcia, 1 September 2016 — While certain groups and people on the island try to distance themselves from the openly anti-Castro dissidence, however they can, they will always be marked with a scarlet letter by the Department of State Security and […] Continue reading

If you want to start a revolution in Cuba, don’t do it via text

If you want to start a revolution in Cuba, don’t do it via text WRITTEN BY Ana Campoy September 07, 2016 Cuba has been relying on Chinese technology to build up its telecommunications network. Now it appears to have also adopted the Asian giant’s censorship techniques, according to dissident reports. An analysis by 14 y […] Continue reading

A Long Commitment To The Truth

A Long Commitment To The Truth / 14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenechea 14ymedio, Jose Gabriel Barrenechea, Santa Clara, 5 September 2016 – A certain letter from Aristides Vega Chapu to the weekly Vanguardia, already quite old and that I believe I came into my hands in the middle of last July, set off a media frenzy […] Continue reading

Cuban State Media Monopoly Denounces Internet Freedom Conference

Cuban State Media Monopoly Denounces Internet Freedom Conference / Hablemos Press, Eduardo Herrera Hablemos Press, Eduardo Herrera, Havana, 30 August 2015 — During a recent broadcast of Televisión Cubana’s national news program, the government denounced the first ever Cuba Internet Freedom Conference, scheduled for 12-13 September in the city of Miami, which members of Cuban […] Continue reading

A Bold Attempt to Redefine ‘Dissidence’ in Cuba

A Bold Attempt to Redefine ‘Dissidence’ in Cuba Editorial Observer By ERNESTO LONDOÑO SEPT. 3, 2016 “Dissident” is a loaded word in Cuba, a label used to discredit and punish. Those who have embraced the term can be shut out of public jobs and are often subjected to arbitrary detentions and beatings. This year, with […] Continue reading

Cubacel Censors Texts With The Words “Democracy” Or “Hunger Strike”

Cubacel Censors Texts With The Words “Democracy” Or “Hunger Strike” / 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez, Reinaldo Escobar 14ymedio, Yoani Sanchez/Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 3 September 2016 — If you are considering sending a text message to a friend to wish him a “happy coexistence” with his family or to suggest that he not give in to “the […] Continue reading

How many Cubans read?

How many Cubans read? JOSÉ PRATS SARIOL | Miami | 2 de Septiembre de 2016 – 15:11 CEST. An article by Juan Cruz in the Spanish daily El País features frightening figures about reading habits in Spain: 39.4% of Spanish adults have not read a book in the last 12 months. It adds that 57.5% […] Continue reading

Voices In Cuba’s Official Press Question Dismissal Of Radio Holguin Journalist

Voices In Cuba’s Official Press Question Dismissal Of Radio Holguin Journalist / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 27 August 2016 — Jose Ramirez Pantoja, the journalist recently fired from Holguin Radio, never imagined that some colleagues from the official press would come to his support. This unusual situation has arisen following the statements […] Continue reading

For an Uncomfortable Journalism

For an Uncomfortable Journalism / Cubanet, Miriam Celaya Cubanet, Miriam Celaya, 26 August 2016, Havana — It’s been said that radically opposite ends end up looking alike. That truism has become irrefutable for those of us who are dedicated to independent journalism in Cuba, especially those who practice the basic right of free expression through […] Continue reading

Journalism on Demand

Cuba: Journalism on Demand / Iván García Iván García, 27 August 2016 — I still remember that two-day trip to Pinar del Río. I stayed in a Communist Party hotel at the side of the old central highway. I visited the province’s outstanding factories, cooperatives and work centers. Then in Havana, I wrote three or […] Continue reading

First Conference On Internet Freedom In Cuba To Be Held In Miami

First Conference On Internet Freedom In Cuba To Be Held In Miami / 14ymedio, Mario Penton 14ymedio, Mario Penton, Miami, 24 August 2016 – This coming 12-13 September, independent Cuban journalists will meet with digital innovators and individuals who are fighting to open the island to the World Wide Web. This first conference on the […] Continue reading

Cuba calls Miami conference on internet freedom an act of ‘subversion’

Cuba calls Miami conference on internet freedom an act of ‘subversion’ In Cuba Today Staff Josefina Vidal, Cuba’s Foreign Ministry’s director general for the United States, said that an upcoming conference in Miami on internet use on the island seeks to promote internal subversion. “The illegal use of radio and television against Cuba is not […] Continue reading