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Cuban government imposes more limitations on independent journalism by censoring content on social networks during pandemic

Independent journalism in Cuba, for decades, has had to deal with a penal code that criminalizes them when they do not work for state media, among other regulations that restrict their freedom. Since the new coronavirus arrived on the island, independent journalism has had to face the increasingly common fines of Decree 370, which penalizes the opinions of Cubans posted on social networks and digital platforms. Read more »


Cuban journalist who received asylum in U.S. is released from detention center after ICE loses appeal

On March 4, Cuban journalist Yariel Valdés González (29) was released after spending almost 12 months in different detention centers of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Read more »


Independent Cuban journalists resist despite increased arbitrary detentions on the island and restrictions from traveling abroad

**This story has been updated.

During 2019, there were more than three thousand arbitrary detentions in Cuba, several of these affecting dozens of independent journalists, activists and political opponents, according to a recent report by the Cuban Observatory for Human Rights (OCDH). Read more »


Cuban journalist released to continue his asylum process in the US after spending seven months in ICE detention center

Thanks to $10,000 in bail paid with the help of his friends in Florida, Cuban journalist José Ramón Ramírez Pantoja was released on parole to continue his asylum process in the United States. Read more »


Nicaragua among countries globally that have had most damage to freedom of expression in recent years, according to Article 19

Amid the global decline in freedom of expression, Nicaragua is one of the countries that has sustained the greatest damage to freedom of expression, while Cuba “leads in regional race to the bottom” in the Americas.

These are some of the findings from organization Article 19 in its Global Expression Report 2018/19. Read more »


Media outlets from Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and U.S. bring home 2019 Gabo Awards

In a traditional ceremony that celebrates the best of Ibero-American journalism, the 2019 Gabo Awards were presented on the night of Oct. 3 during the Gabo Festival held in Medellín, Colombia. Read more »


Cuban journalist detained in the United States receives asylum, but has yet to be released

Cuban journalist Yariel Valdés González was granted asylum by a U.S. judge on Sept. 18 after spending five months in detention centers of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Washington Blade reported. However, the journalist has not yet been released. Read more »


Cuban journalist uses creativity to dig for information and maintain database for other media

Any journalist who ever made a report using their country's Law of Access to Information likely has a few complaints about protocols and difficulties imposed by the State in the disclosure of public information. Read more »


Independent journalists in Cuba demand an end to repression and call for press freedom

A group of 55 journalists, researchers, bloggers, activists, professors and others in Cuba have launched a petition demanding an end to repression against independent journalists and calling for guarantees for press freedom.

They call for “the cessation of repression against those who exercise freedoms of the press and expression in Cuba; the elimination of legal remedies that restrict and criminalize the exercise of such freedoms; the establishment of legal guarantees to exercise them which must include transparency and source protection laws; and the immediate release of [journalist] Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces.” Read more »


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