Cuba / 2010

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Unexpected departure: From jail to exile

December 28, 2010 10:00 AM ET

It was about 4 in the afternoon on July 8 when the official assigned to me at Toledo Prison, where I'd been locked up for nearly five years, came running to get me. He was in such a hurry that that he tripped and almost fell to the ground....

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Being a Cuban journalist: Harassed, repressed, and jailed

December 14, 2010 9:50 AM ET

The president of the tribunal looked to his right and said, "The prosecutor has the floor." With a serious voice he pronounced the sentence: "The prosecutor ratifies the request for perpetual imprisonment for the accused, Victor Rolando Arroyo Carmona, for acts against the independence and territorial integrity of the...

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With 145 journalists behind bars, what's in a number?

December 8, 2010 12:00 AM ET

Today we released our annual census of imprisoned journalists around the world, citing 145 reporters, editors, and photojournalists behind bars on December 1, an increase of nine from 2009 figures. The tally begs the question, What's in a number?...

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Trying to forget: Torture haunts freed Cuban journalist

November 30, 2010 9:42 AM ET

I long to forget, but cannot. To erase from my memory the murmurs of suffering, the plaintive screams of torture, the screeching bars, the unmistakable music of padlocks, the garrulous sentinels......

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Finding freedom in a Cuban cell

November 16, 2010 9:30 AM ET

There exists a sensual, amorous liaison, almost felt and seen, that binds poetry, journalism, and freedom together. Examples of such affairs abound, their protagonists transcending short-lived fame and bursting into history and onto the pages of encyclopedias. They are the greats, the masters, those worthy of veneration. But intellectual...

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Cuban deadline passes for dissident releases: What next?

November 11, 2010 1:20 PM ET

Sunday marked the end of the four-month deadline Cuban President Raúl Castro had agreed to with representatives of the Cuban Catholic Church and the Spanish government to free 52 prisoners of conscience who remained in jail since the March 2003 crackdown against dissidents, known as the "Black Spring." The...

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In Cuban releases, difficult choices, moral dilemmas

July 14, 2010 1:35 PM ET

The Havana government has not explicitly demanded that political prisoners go into exile as a condition of release, but it’s clear that’s what Cuban authorities want. The first journalists and dissidents to be freed from jail were immediately whisked away to Spain, which, along with the Catholic Church, had...

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Photos of freedom: Cubans arrive in Spain

July 13, 2010 5:12 PM ET

Our colleagues at ABC in Madrid covered the arrival in Spain of the newly freed Cuban journalists and dissidents. Photos in this slideshow are by ABC’s Jaime Garcia. $(function() { $(".anyClass").jCarouselLite({ btnNext: ".next", btnPrev: ".prev" }); }); « Previous Image   |   Next Image »...

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Video: Formerly jailed Cuban journalists off to Spain

July 13, 2010 10:45 AM ET

Reuters put together this video showing supporters waiting in the Cuban airport for the departure of six Cuban journalists for Spain today after their release from prison. Journalists were apparently kept at a distance, so there are no shots of the six here. But, interestingly, the Reuters reporter considers why Raul...

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In Cuban releases, victory came from failure

July 9, 2010 3:50 PM ET

While the Cuban government remains silent over Antonio Villarreal, Léster González Pentón, Luis Milán, José Luis García Paneque, and Pablo Pacheco Ávila—the five imprisoned Cuban journalists and dissidents to be released soon—the media are filled with headlines declaring victory for many....

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