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In freedom of online speech, U.S. and Cuba at opposite extremes: Freedom House report

The United States and Cuba are at opposite extremes of Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net 2012 report. According to the New York-based organization, the United States was ranked the second most “free” country in the world for online expression, while Cuba was listed as the second to worst.

Freedom House ranked 47 countries as "free," "partly free," or "not free" for its 2012 report, which surveyed six countries in the Americas -- Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and the U.S. Read more »


Independent journalist in Cuba faces three years in prison for "insulting" president


An independent journalist in Cuba could face three years in prison for insulting the island's leader, President Raúl Castro, according to Reporters Without Borders.

Police arrested Hablemos Press journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez on Sept. 16, and he remains under detention, reported the Cuban independent news agency. Read more »


Cuba accuses U.S. of paying journalists to influence jury in 2001 trial against five agents accused of espionage


The Cuban government accused the U.S. of paying millions of dollars to Florida journalists to make a defamation campaign against five Cuban agents jailed for life in 2001 on espionage charges, according to the news agency EFE. Read more »


Cuban exiles light fireworks to protest Internet censorship


A group of exiled Cuban activists in the United States is planning a fireworks display off Cuba's coast to demand Internet access and freedom of expression on the island on Saturday, Aug. 11, according to the EFE news agency. Read more »


Two Cuban journalists arrested during activist Oswaldo Payá's funeral


Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez reported through her Twitter account that seven people, among them journalists and dissidents, were arrested during the funeral of activist Oswaldo Payá on Tuesday, July 24. Read more »


Cuban journalist faces 15 years in prison for espionage charges

On Wednesday, July 18, Prosecutors sought a 15-year jail sentence for Cuban journalist José Antonio Torres who wrote a scathing investigative piece critical of an aqueduct construction project in the city of Santiago, according to the Miami Herald. Read more »


Harassment of Cuban journalists on rise


The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has warned about a new wave of threats and harassment against Cuban journalists. Read more »


Cuban delegate criticizes independent journalists, discredits UN freedom of expression reports


In a speech before the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Cuban delegate discredited reports about freedom of expression on the island, reported the newspaper Diario de Cuba. Read more »



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