Black Spring

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Press loses a friend with death of Cuban Oswaldo Payá

July 25, 2012 3:58 PM ET

A friend delivered the shocking news in a telephone call on Sunday. Oswaldo Payá, an activist and a tireless advocate for freedom of expression, had died in a car accident that afternoon. ...

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Laura Pollán Toledo, who rallied the wives of jailed Cuban dissidents, dies at 63

October 18, 2011 4:00 PM ET

The CPJ remembers Cuban human rights advocate Laura Pollán Toledo who died in Havana on Friday.  Founding the Ladies in White after the arrest of her husband, journalist Hector Maseda Gutiérrez during the Cuban government's 2003 Black Spring crackdown on...

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Recalling Laura Pollán, leader of Cuba's Ladies in White

October 17, 2011 2:36 PM ET

Cuban human rights defender Laura Pollán, who died Friday from respiratory complications at a Havana hospital, fought a mighty battle against the Cuban government for almost a decade. Pollán, 63, leaves behind her husband, the award-winning independent journalist Héctor...

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Assisting journalists in Cuba: Hurdles in prison and beyond

August 12, 2011 4:53 PM ET

In mid-2006, CPJ's Journalist Assistance program began sending regular remittances to the families of independent Cuban journalists in prison. By CPJ's count, of the 29 journalists jailed during a massive crackdown in 2003, 24 were still in prison at...

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After the Black Spring, Cuba's new repression

July 6, 2011 9:00 AM ET

When the last of 29 journalists jailed in a notorious 2003 crackdown was finally freed this year, it signaled to many the end of a dark era. But Cuban authorities are still persecuting independent journalists through arbitrary arrests, beatings, and...

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Ending dark era, Cuba frees last jailed journalist

April 8, 2011 3:31 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2011--The Cuban government on Thursday released the last journalist remaining in its prisons, ending a dark, eight-year-long era in which the island nation was one of the world's worst jailers of the press, at one...

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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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Last Black Spring reporter freed; one still jailed in Cuba

March 7, 2011 3:13 PM ET

New York, March 7, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes the release of Cuban independent journalist Pedro Argüelles Morán on Friday, and calls on Cuban authorities to eliminate all conditions on his freedom. Argüelles Morán, at left, was the...

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After 'trial by fire,' Cuba's Maseda back to journalism

March 3, 2011 12:44 PM ET

Almost three weeks after being released from jail following eight years of inhumane treatment in Cuba's infamous prison system, CPJ's 2008 International Press Freedom award winner Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez said he is committed to going back to independent journalism....

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Journalist released on parole, allowed to stay in Cuba

February 14, 2011 2:26 PM ET

New York, February 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Cuban authorities today to place no conditions on the release of journalist Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez, who was freed on parole Saturday. Maseda Gutiérrez is a founding member of...

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