MSM focused on Gitmo, ignores other prisoners in Cuba

The past couple of weeks or so, the MSM has been obsessing about a bunch of terrorists holed up at Guantanamo under U.S. control. Meanwhile, they ignore the 11 million in the world’s largest open-air prison, on the other side of the fence.

At least a few of them are getting some MSM coverage, even if it’s buried between auto tire ads and Little League scores:

“Today, Cuba is living through an especially uncertain moment owing to Fidel Castro’s illness,” Miriam Leiva, one of the prisoner’s wives, wrote recently for a Web site outside Cuba called “Encuentro,” or Encounter.

That uncertainty is accompanied by fear of another crackdown like the roundup of 75 dissidents launched four years ago this week.

“We cannot rule out a new wave of repression,” Leiva wrote, “instead of the urgent changes required for the critical political, economic and social situation the people face.”

Leiva and the other women known as the “Ladies in White” were the only ones to publicly mark the crackdown anniversary over the weekend, with a small gathering at a home Saturday as well as their regular silent Sunday march.

Cuba’s three-day crackdown started March 18, 2003, just as the first U.S. military strike on Iraq was getting under way.

Governments and rights groups around the world condemned Cuba as it tried the dissidents as “mercenaries” working with Washington to undermine Castro’s socialist system and sentenced them to prison terms of up to 27 years. Both the dissidents and American officials denied the U.S. government paid opponents to harm Cuba.

Sixteen of the original 75 have since been released on medical parole. The 59 still behind bars are among the 283 political prisoners Sanchez’s commission says were held in Cuba at the beginning of this year – 50 fewer than those counted in January 2006.