There are those who say that time will ease the pain. But such a claim cannot withstand the human drama emerging from the prisons where 22 Cuban journalists remain jailed.
The Cuban government has tried to hide its abuses by censoring and distorting information, but its actions remain evident today. Because of the government’s systematic and boundless practices, repression keeps casting its shadow: Men were tried like criminals because they offered accurate and unbiased information.
In 2010, we observe the seventh anniversary of a crackdown that destroyed the rules of morality and decency. The “perpetrators” received unjust prison terms. And today they are routinely subjected to verbal harassment, beatings, isolation, rotten food, and confinement with common criminals.
It is vital to have strong international support on behalf of those journalists who remain imprisoned under inhumane conditions. Their lives are at stake. The country’s dictatorship has plenty of methods to destroy its opponents, practices that the Cuban regime is not likely to abandon on its own.
Jorge Olivera Castillo is an independent Cuban journalist. He was imprisoned during the Black Spring of 2003, and released in December 2004 after 20 months in jail.
Periodistas cubanos presos necesitan apoyo mundial
Por Jorge Olivera Castillo/Bloguero Invitado
Hay quienes aseguran que el tiempo tiende a relativizar el dolor. Esa tesis sombría se desvanece delante del drama humano que supera los muros de las prisiones donde permanecen 22 periodistas cubanos.