Czech leader supports CPJ effort to free Cubans

The Czech prime minister has expressed support for CPJ’s efforts to gain the release of imprisoned Cuban jouirnalists. We sent Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek, who is also president of the Council of the European Union, a copy of a March 17 letter to an EU envoy. In the letter, we asked envoy Louis Michel to seek the release the 21 Cuban journalists now behind bars.

The letter from Topolánek’s office says the Czech Republic “includes the promotion of human rights in its long-term priorities and addresses this issue both individually and in cooperation with its European partners.”