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Borja Bergareche

Borja Bergareche is a Spanish-based news executive and former Europe correspondent for CPJ who still advises the organization.
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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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A Golden Pen for Iran's Zaid-Abadi

October 7, 2010 4:46 PM ET

The World Association of Newspapers on Wednesday honored the jailed Iranian journalist, Ahmad Zaid-Abadi with its Golden Pen of Freedom Award in the German city of Hamburg. Zaid-Abadi, right, was sentenced in 2009 to six years in prison, five years of internal exile, and a lifetime ban on working...

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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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