World Press Archive
2009-05-18 / Latin American Herald Tribune
Group Denounces Jail Sentence for Cuban Journalist
PARIS – Reporters Without Borders denounced on Friday the three-year prison sentence a Cuban court imposed on independent journalist Alberto Santiago du Bouchet for the crime of “disrespect.”
RSF, as the Paris-based organization is known, said the sentence was handed down in a hastily arranged trial just two days after Du Bouchet’s April 18 arrest in Artemisa, a town in Havana province.
The journalist, who already spent a year in jail, was charged with “disrespect” after a verbal exchange with a police officer.
Noting that Du Bouchet’s attorney wasn’t even allowed to attend the trial, the press-freedom group suggested the prisoner’s activity as an independent news-gatherer makes it very unlikely he can successfully appeal the sentence.
“The brakes have been applied to the initial moves towards more openness adopted by Raul Castro after his formal installation as president in February 2008 and this is the context in which Du Bouchet has been jailed,” RSF said. “Dissident journalists are again finding it hard to get access to the Internet in hotels. They are being constantly harassed by State Security agents.”
The organization stressed that 24 journalists remain behind bars in communist-ruled Cuba despite the transfer of power from Fidel Castro to younger brother Raul, who promised reforms. EFE
2013-04-22 / The Miami Herald
U.S.: Short-term detentions in Cuba reach record levels
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2013-04-18 / The Washington Post
Cuba’s Ladies in White due in Brussels to receive 2005 Sakharov human rights award
Members of Cuba’s Ladies in White opposition group will finally pick up Europe’s top human rights prize from 2005 in person next week in Belgium, the European Union and the daughter of the group’s former leader said Wednesday...more
2013-04-16 / The Washington Post
Cuba avoids oil cutoff for now as Chavez ally narrowly wins Venezuela presidential election
Cubans were relieved Monday by the announcement that the late leader Hugo Chavez’s hand-picked successor had been elected Venezuela’s new president, apparently allowing their country to dodge a threatened cutoff of billions of dollars in subsidized oil...more