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Dangerous Assignments   |   Cuba

Cuba's Long Black Spring

Five years after the Castro government cracked down on the independent press, more than 20 journalists remain behind bars for the crime of free expression.

March 18, 2008 7:15 PM ET

Dangerous Assignments   |   Cuba

Spring Nightmare

CPJ asked Manuel Vázquez Portal, a Cuban writer, poet, and journalist swept up in the 2003 crackdown, to describe the year he spent in prison before being freed in 2004. He chose to describe his imprisonment in nightmare imagery. Vázquez Portal now lives and works in Miami.
March 1, 2008 8:16 PM ET

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