Repression of Journalists in Cuba Worsened

That’s the gist of a headline on a piece from the U.S. State Department noting the fourth anniversary of Primavera Negra (Black Spring). Here’s a snippet of the article:

On the fourth anniversary of the Cuban regime’s crackdown on dissidents, observers of Cuba agree that the country’s communist government continues to attack press freedom, and that harassment and repression against independent journalists have worsened.

U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in a March 20 statement that 59 of the 75 “independent thinkers, journalists, librarians and academics” who were imprisoned in the crackdown remain behind bars. McCormack said: “Those who have been released know that it is ‘conditional’ and live with the constant threat of being sent back to jail. They also know, as all Cubans do, that repression is on the rise.”

Cuban experts described the two-week period of what was called “Black Spring,” which began on March 18, 2003, as the most severe repression of peaceful dissent the island had seen in recent years.

McCormack said: “Cuba’s future will be decided by the Cuban people. For this process to begin, it is time for Cuban authorities to stop the cycle of repression, to end the practice of holding political prisoners and to release all political prisoners to their homes and families in Cuba.”

Four years after Black Spring, Cuba still has 270 “prisoners of conscience,” including 25 journalists, which makes the country “the second-biggest prison in the world for journalists after China,” the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said.

Note the last quote, lest you dismiss this piece as nothing more than “government propaganda” (which, ironically, is all Granma is). Follow the link and you’ll see it’s all sourced from other, reliable websites.

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