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Obama responses stun Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez

Yoani Sánchez at home in Cuba. (Reuters)

Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez was astounded this week by President Barack Obama's decision to respond a written questionnaire Sánchez submitted to the White House. Still recovering from bruises left by a recent vicious attack by state security agents, she told CPJ from her home in Havana: "This is the best way to get better." 

November 19, 2009 5:01 PM ET

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Toronto’s Citizen Lab uses forensics to fight online censors

A basement in the gray, Gothic heart of the University of Toronto is home to the CSI of cyberspace. “We are doing free expression forensics,” says Ronald Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab, based at the Munk Centre for International Studies. Deibert and his team of academics and students investigate in real time governments and companies that restrict what we see and hear on the Internet. They are also trying to help online journalists and bloggers slip the shackles of censorship and surveillance. Deibert is a co-founder of the OpenNet Initiative (ONI), a project of the Citizen Lab in collaboration with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. ONI tracks the blocking and filtering of the Internet around the globe.

November 2, 2009 3:29 PM ET

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From a park bench in Havana, Cuban blogger honored in NY

Yoani Sánchez at home in Cuba. (Reuters)

Last night’s scenario was breathtaking: a circular hall with high ceilings, marble columns, tables draped with heavy tablecloths and soft bouquets, and journalism personalities elegant in cocktail dresses and tuxedos. And poised behind a wood podium, a black screen silently reminding all those present of who was not there.

October 15, 2009 4:33 PM ET

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To blog in Cuba: defying hazards, enjoying freedom

Luis CinoI share with my fellow Cuban independent journalists the drunkenness of writing freely under a totalitarian dictatorship; of experiencing the catharsis of denouncing the regime’s violations; of feeling useful to my people knowing that, in the long run, what I write will contribute to a better future.

September 10, 2009 12:06 AM ET

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The alternative Cuban blogosphere

At the end of the 1990s, Cuban dissidents sought out different media to disseminate the reality of the island. Reports on violations by a government that proclaims itself a human rights’ defender begin to circulate around the world, damaging the image that the socialist state wants to project to the rest of the world. This is how a movement of independent journalists is born on the island.

September 10, 2009 12:04 AM ET

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Hopeless, a sister visits her imprisoned brother in Havana

Ricardo González Alfonso is jailed in this Cuban prison. (AP/Jose Goitia)

Graciela González-Degard is 72 years old. She has salt-and-pepper hair, long elegant hands, soft manners reminiscent of another era, and a bad knee that she blames on age. Once a Catholic nun, Graciela moved to the United States from Havana in the 1960s and now lives in New York with her husband. She teaches children with special needs.

August 26, 2009 12:53 PM ET

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Cuban journalist in second week of hunger strike

Cuban dissidents--both on and off the island--have been blasting the news of Víctor Rolando Arroyo's 12-day hunger strike. In a matter of hours, CPJ received three concerned e-mails from Havana and Miami. In the meantime, foreign-based Cuban news Web sites plastered the story across the Internet. 

May 28, 2009 12:31 PM ET

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A Cuban blogger confronts 'silent repression'

Why write a blog? My reasons might not be convincing, but to me, they are enough. The most important paper in my country is Granma, the official organ of the Communist Party in Cuba. You open it, you read it, and you don't see anything. Nothing about the day that we are living in the island. It's a piece of paper that does not say who we are. That's why I write a blog; because I want to reflect my part of Cuba

April 30, 2009 4:09 PM ET

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In ignoring Cuban jailings, Black Caucus disappoints

Clarence Page, the Chicago Tribune columnist and CPJ board member, is disappointed the Congressional Black Caucus ignored human rights violations, including the imprisonment of journalists, during its recent visit to Cuba. In his column, Page notes that Cuba is now jailing 21 editors and writers, making it the world's second-leading jailer of journalists.

April 15, 2009 4:18 PM ET

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Imprisoned Cuban journalist is granted 24 hours at home

March 20 marked the sixth anniversary of the three-day 2003 crackdown on the independent Cuban press. That day, Oleivys García Echemendía was scheduled to visit her husband, imprisoned Cuban journalist Pablo Pacheco Ávila, at 1 p.m. at the Morón prison in the central province of Ciego de Ávila

March 23, 2009 3:58 PM ET

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