Cuba / 2010

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Wife greets news of possible release in Cuba with shock

July 8, 2010 6:05 PM ET

José Luis García Paneque is one of five Cuban dissidents who will be released and sent to Spain, international news reports said today. A disillusioned plastic surgeon-turned-headstrong editor of an independent news agency, García Paneque, at left, has been jailed since March 2003. At 45, he leaves prison with a...

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Chronicles of deprivation: NYRB covers blogging in Cuba

July 8, 2010 11:26 AM ET

Take a look at this story in The New York Review of Books—it gets inside the challenges bloggers face as they are considered a “threat to the Cuban government’s international image,” and cites CPJ’s findings about imprisonment (Cuba has 22 journalists in jail, more than anywhere in the world except...

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CPJ testimony: Press freedom in the Americas

June 16, 2010 4:34 PM ET

CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon testified today before the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, saying that while democracies are prevalent in Latin America, the press continues to operate with few institutional protections. This statement was submitted into the record on Monday....

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The malware lockdown in Havana and Hanoi

June 8, 2010 6:07 PM ET

General purpose computers give journalists an incredible amount of power to create, research, and publish their work away from those who may wish to interfere. But such independence requires that the computer itself remain free and uncompromised by software that works against the journalist's own interests. ...

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Freed Cuban journalist tells of his ‘dreadful experience’

April 14, 2010 5:16 PM ET

When I asked Cuban journalist Oscar Sánchez Madan to describe in one sentence his three years in jail, he told me: “I don’t wish on anybody the dreadful experience I had in prison.” A municipal court in Unión de Reyes, province of Matanzas, freed him on Sunday after he completed a...

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Spain must help free Cuban dissidents

March 18, 2010 9:54 AM ET

Mark Twain once said, “In our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.” In the witty genius’ land, the United States, such irony suggests that people should not to waste the opportunities that democracy offers. But...

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For bloggers, Cuba remains a dark corner

March 18, 2010 9:53 AM ET

Another year has passed and we are now remembering the seventh anniversary of the Black Spring. After seven years, have there been any changes? Yes and no. Law 88, a provision calling for the protection of Cuba’s national independence, is still in force. Known as the gag law, it is...

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Jailed Cuban journalists need global support

March 18, 2010 9:52 AM ET

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....

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