Connecting Cuba

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This report was produced by CPJ’s Americas program. Carlos Lauría, senior Americas program coordinator, wrote the executive summary “Cuba’s media vitally transformed but cautious approach is slowing progress,” Americas research associate Alexandra Ellerbeck wrote the sidebar, “Staying connected in an off-line world,” and Ricardo Uceda, Americas advisory board member and executive director of the Lima-based Instituto Prensa y Sociedad (IPYS), contributed to the report. Ernesto Londoño, a member of The New York Times editorial board, who has written extensively about Cuba, wrote the foreword, “Contemplating a free press in Cuba.”

CPJ’s Americas program includes Lauría, Ellerbeck, and John Otis, who is the Andes correspondent. Lauría is CPJ’s chief strategist and spokesperson on press freedom issues in the Americas. He began his journalistic career in Buenos Aires in 1986 and settled in New York in 1994 as U.S. bureau chief correspondent for Editorial Perfil, Argentina’s largest magazine publisher. He serves on the board of the Maria Moors Cabot Award for excellence in Latin American journalism, which is sponsored by Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Prior to joining CPJ in 2015, Ellerbeck worked at Freedom House and was a Fulbright teaching fellow at the State University of Pará in Brazil. Otis, who is based in Bogotá, Colombia, works as a correspondent for Time magazine, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal.