New York, May 23, 2003—With 28 journalists behind bars in Cuba serving lengthy prison sentences for alleged counterrevolutionary crimes, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) launched a new press freedom information resource on its Web site today titled “Crackdown on the Independent Press in Cuba“.

Prepared by CPJ Americas program coordinator Carlos Lauría and research associate Sauro González Rodríguez, “Crackdown on the Independent Press in Cuba” features a comprehensive special report on the arrests, charges, and sentences of Cuba’s independent journalists, which began on March 18 while the world was focused on the war in Iraq. An edition of De Cuba, a bimonthly independent magazine, and links to CPJ’s news alerts and letters related to the crackdown are also featured.

CPJ will continue to protest the detention of journalists in Cuba and calls on the Cuban government for their immediate release.