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Cuban journalist who fled the island seeks asylum in the U.S. from ICE detention center in California

*This story has been updated to include a comment from the RSF North America executive director

Cuban journalist José Ramón Ramírez Pantoja had to leave his country because of the persecution he said he suffered from the government after fully publishing the statements of a state official that were inconvenient for the Cuban regime. Read more »


Cuban journalist gets one year in prison for crimes of resistance and disobedience

Roberto de Jesús Quiñones Haces, a Cuban lawyer and journalist, received one year in prison for the crime of resistance and disobedience months after being detained and allegedly beaten by the political police. Read more »


Independent Cuban media criticize government decree establishing sanctions on sites hosted outside of the country

A new decree by the Cuban government regarding internet on the island has raised criticism from independent media and citizens on social networks who point to the risks that the rules could be used to undermine freedom of expression and access to information in the country . Read more »


Review of Radio Televisión Martí says U.S. government-funded news service to Cuba disregards objective journalism for propaganda

*This story has been updated.

An independent report found that news shows offered on U.S. government-funded Radio Televisión Martí, which produces news for and about Cuba, were “peppered with bad journalism” as well as being “ineffective propaganda.Read more »


Cuban journalist Serafín Morán granted asylum in the United States

After an almost four-hour hearing, a judge in the state of Texas, U.S., granted asylum to Cuban journalist Serafín Morán Santiago, who had been detained since last April, according to the freedom of the press organization Fundamedios USA. Read more »


Online Journalism Awards go to innovative news media in Argentina, Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela

Latin American newsrooms won four big honors at the 2018 Online Journalism Awards, prestigious prizes recognizing excellent digital journalism.

Postdata.club, a data journalism site in Cuba, won the General Excellence in Online Journalism award for Micro Newsroom. As noted by the organization itself, it often builds or completes data sets due to the difficulty of obtaining public data on the island. Read more »


Cuban journalist detained by ICE is seeking asylum out of fear for his life

Press freedom organizations are calling attention to the case of independent Cuban journalist Serafín Morán Santiago who was detained in the U.S. after arriving to seek asylum in the country. Read more »


Groups report rise in attacks on the independent press since change in Cuban presidency


By Valeria López de Vergara and Teresa Mioli

The accounts are similar: members of the Political Police and the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) search a journalist’s house for a few hours. The journalist is taken away and detained for a couple hours, a day or two, and then released. Read more »


Judicial case against three independent Cuban journalists has been provisionally archived

Cuban authorities provisionally shelved the case for the crime of "encroachment of legal capacity" against three journalists from the independent journalism site La Hora de Cuba, Henry Constantín Ferreiro, director of said media, reported on Facebook. Read more »


Cuban online magazine El Estornudo reports it is blocked on the island

Cuban online magazine El Estornudo said the Cuban government has blocked access to the site, one of the main digital media outlets of an emerging independent journalism scene on the island. Read more »


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