Manuel Vázquez Portal

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A not so dark Cuban Black Spring anniversary

March 18, 2011 4:17 PM ET

March 18 is not a day we usually look forward to at CPJ. On this day in 2003, the Cuban government launched a massive crackdown on the independent press resulting in the jailing of 29 reporters. But this year...

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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...

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Tomás Eloy Martínez, passionate press freedom advocate

February 4, 2010 6:07 PM ET

Argentine writer and journalist Tomás Eloy Martínez, who died on Monday after a long battle with cancer, was ranked among Latin America’s most prominent intellectuals. Best known for his novels about former President Juan Domingo Perón and his wife Eva,...

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Special Report: Chronicling Cuba, bloggers offer fresh hope

September 10, 2009 12:00 AM ET

A vibrant, independent blogging culture is emerging in Cuba, of all places. Numerous journalistic blogs are exploring important social and economic issues. Will the regime crack down, or is a new era dawning? By Carlos Lauría and María Salazar Ferro...

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Cuba's Long Black Spring

March 18, 2008 8:15 PM ET

Five years after the Castro government cracked down on the independent press, more than 20 journalists remain behind bars for the crime of free expression....

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Spring Nightmare

March 1, 2008 8:16 PM ET

CPJ asked Manuel Vázquez Portal, a Cuban writer, poet, and journalist swept up in the 2003 crackdown, to describe the year he spent in prison before being freed in 2004. He chose to describe his imprisonment in nightmare imagery. Vázquez...

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2005 prison census: 125 journalists jailed

February 16, 2006 4:07 PM ET

AFGHANISTAN: 1 Ali Mohaqqiq Nasab, Haqooq-i-Zan (Women's Rights) Imprisoned: October 1, 2005 The attorney general ordered editor Nasab's arrest on blasphemy charges after the religious adviser to President Hamid Karzai, Mohaiuddin Baluch, filed a complaint about his magazine. "I...

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Attacks on the Press in 2005: Preface

February 16, 2006 12:00 PM ET

By Paul E. SteigerFor 24 years, the Committee to Protect Journalists has remained steadfast in its mission to defend the press around the world. But in 2005, that mission meant paying unusual attention to what was happening at home....

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Attacks on the Press 2005: Countries That Have Jailed Journalists (Follow Links for More Details)

February 16, 2006 11:59 AM ET

AFGHANISTAN: 1 Ali Mohaqqiq Nasab, Haqooq-i-Zan (Women's Rights) Imprisoned: October 1, 2005 The attorney general ordered editor Nasab's arrest on blasphemy charges after the religious adviser to President Hamid Karzai, Mohaiuddin Baluch, filed a complaint about his magazine. "I...

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Attacks on the Press 2005: Cuba

February 16, 2006 11:37 AM ET

CUBA Cuba remained one of the world's leading jailers of journalists, second only to China. Two journalists were imprisoned during the year, joining 22 others who have been jailed since a massive crackdown on the independent press in March 2003....

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