New York, April 19, 2007—
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the four-year prison sentence handed down on Friday to Cuban independent journalist Oscar Sánchez Madan after a one-day trial on a charge of “social dangerousness.”
Cuban authorities arrested Sánchez Madan, reporter for the Miami-based news Web site CubaNet
, on Friday morning at his home in the western province of Matanzas, according to international press reports and CPJ interviews. He was tried on “social dangerousness” charges at 7 p.m. that day and given the maximum sentence of four years in prison, said Elizardo Sánchez Santa Cruz, president of the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation in Havana. The journalist was not allowed a lawyer, and his family was banned from the proceedings, Sánchez Santa Cruz said.