Cuban tourism office in Paris occupied to protest against jailing of 24 journalists

first_img May 6, 2020 Find out more CubaAmericas The Cuban Committee for Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN), a group that is illegal but tolerated, published details of the prosecutor’s charges against the 78 dissidents on 2 April. According to the committee, the prosecutor has asked for life sentences for 11 of them (including three journalists). The prison sentences requested for the others range from 10 to 30 years and total more than 900 years.On the first day of hearings yesterday, eight journalists were tried in Havana and four were tried in the provinces. According to the news website, the indictments were confirmed at the end of the hearing for four of them, Adolfo Fernández Sainz, Normando Hernández, Mario Enrique Mayo and Alejandro González Raga. The verdicts in the trials held on the first day could be issued on Monday. Foreign diplomats and the international press were not allowed into the courtrooms. Only relatives were able to attend. Several of the defendants have no lawyers.The trial of Raúl Rivero and Ricardo GonzálezRivero, who is the editor of the clandestine news agency Cuba Press, and González, who also heads the Manuel Márquez Sterling Association of independent journalists, are among those who are due to be tried today. The two are scheduled to be tried at the 10 de Octubre municipal court in Havana at a session starting at 8 a.m. They have a lawyer, Máximo Averóz. Rivero’s wife Blanca Reyes said Averóz was able to meet with the two detained journalists yesterday.Reporters Without Borders has obtained a copy of the indictment against them. It requests life imprisonment for González and 20 years for Rivero. They are charged under article 81 of the criminal code stating that: “whoever, in the interests of a foreign state, carries out an action with the aim of jeopardising the independence of the Cuban state or its territorial integrity, is liable to a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison or the death penalty.” The prosecutor claims that there are aggravating circumstances as regards both defendants.Calling both journalists “unpatriotic,” the indictment claims that, “they assumed the guise of independent journalists… with the aim of forming a group of counter-revolutionaries ready to act according to the goals pursued by the US government… The two defendants participated in the creation of a subversive magazine which they called De Cuba in order to provide false information and facilitate US attacks against the Cuban social system.” The indictment also accuses them of meeting several times with representatives of the US interests section in Havana and of collaborating with “counter-revolutionary” and “anti-Cuban” news media based in the United States and with various international organisations such as Reporters Without Borders. Rivero is additionally accused of being “a provocative violator of social norms.” Four journalists already imprisonedFour journalists were already in prison in Cuba before 18 March. They are Bernardo Arévalo Padrón of the news agency Línea Sur Press, who was sentenced in November 1997 to six years in prison for “affront” to the president and vice-president; Carlos Brizuela Yera, a contributor to the CPIC news agency, and Lester Téllez Castro, editor of the Agencia de Prensa Libre Avileña, who were arrested on 4 March 2002 in the central town of Ciego de Ávila while protesting against a physical attack by police on a Cuba Press journalist; and Carlos Alberto Domínguez, who has been held since 23 February 2002 without being charged.The Cuban constitution stipulates that news media cannot be privately owned, under any circumstances. Banned from being published in their own country, about 100 independent journalists count on Cuban exile groups in the United States to publish their news reports, usually on websites. Subject to constant harassment, some 60 independent journalists have had to go into exile since 1995.*The Cotonou accords grant 77 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (the ACP group) economic aid and preferential trade relations with the European Union. New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Some 15 activists from Reporters Without Borders accompanied by figures from the world of culture occupied the Cuban tourism bureau in Paris at around 10 a.m. today to protest against a wave of arrests of journalists in Cuba. They symbolically turned the office (located at 280 Boulevard Raspail in the 14th arrondissement) into a prison, hanging a banner saying “Cuba = prison” over the facade, and painting bars on the windows, behind which they put photos of recently detained Cuban journalists. The activists left the Cuban tourism bureau at 2 p.m. (12:00 GMT) at the moment when the trial of journalists Raúl Rivero and Ricardo González was due to start in Havana.Cuban writers Zoe Valdés and Eduardo Manet as well as personalities such as Jean-Jacques Beinex, Marek Halter and Yves Simon took part in the occupation in a show of solidarity with the dissident journalists. to go further News Organisation Follow the news on Cuba RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 15, 2020 Find out more April 4, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cuban tourism office in Paris occupied to protest against jailing of 24 journalists Some 15 activists from Reporters Without Borders accompanied by figures from the world of culture occupied the Cuban tourism bureau in Paris at around 10 a.m. to protest against a wave of arrests of journalists in Cuba. They symbolically turned the office into a prison, hanging a banner saying “Cuba = prison” over the facade. News Help by sharing this information October 12, 2018 Find out more RSF_en News Receive email alerts Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet News CubaAmericas On 18 March, on the eve of the US offensive against Iraq, the Cuban government took advantage of the international news focus on the war to launch an unprecedented wave of repression. Nearly 80 dissidents have been arrested including 24 independent journalists. They include poet and journalist Raúl Rivero, winner of the Reporters Without Borders – France Foundation award in 1997, and Ricardo González, the Reporters Without Borders correspondent in Havana. Both were to be tried today in Havana. Rivero faces 20 years in prison while González faces a life sentence. The trials began yesterday and are due to finish on Monday (7 April).While the world debates whether showing the pictures of prisoners of war violates their dignity, Reporters Without Borders says showing the faces of imprisoned journalists restores their dignity and saves them from the oblivion to which President Fidel Castro wants to consign them by locking them away. Cuba, a country where the state has a monopoly of news reporting, has now become the world’s biggest prison for journalists.Reporters Without Borders yesterday placed an announcement in the French daily Libération saying: “Far from Baghdad, Cuba wages an undeclared war and imprisons freedom.” Following this brief occupation of the Cuban tourism bureau, Reporters Without Borders was resolved on staging further protests if the journalists were convicted in the trials.Reporters Without Borders calls on the Cuban authorities to release the detained journalists and to drop the charges against them. The organisation call calls on the European Union to suspend all consideration of Cuba’s request to join the Cotonou accords* as long as these journalists are not set free.Summary trialsA total of 78 dissidents were arrested from 18 to 24 March. They are accused of acting “against the independence and territorial integrity of the state” in connivance with the US interests section in Havana (which substitutes for an embassy in the absence of diplomatic relations). At least 24 of the detainees are independent journalists. Their homes were subject to searches, in some cases lasting more than 10 hours, in which police confiscated computers, personal documents, books, fax machines and type-writers.This wave of arrests ends a period of relative tolerance which Cuba’s independent press seemed to have been enjoying for the past few months. Taking advantage of this let-up, several journalists in December 2002 had launched a magazine called De Cuba (available at, which was the first attempt to challenge the government monopoly of news reporting in 10 years. The arrest of González, De Cuba’s editor as well as Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent, put an end to this bi-monthly publication, whose last issue came out on 27 February.last_img read more

EPL: Salah scores twice as Liverpool power 22 points clear

first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Liverpool surged 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League with a dominant second-half display as Mohamed Salah scored twice in a 4-0 rout of Southampton on Saturday. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jordan Henderson also scored and the runaway leaders have collected an astonishing 100 league points from the last 102 available to them. A 24th victory in 25 league matches this season and ninth clean sheet in 10 games underlined how Jurgen Klopp’s side have turned the title race into a procession. Southampton’s spirited performance at Anfield was undone, in controversial fashion, two minutes into the second half after Danny Ings appealed that he had been tripped by Fabinho on his way into the home area. Liverpool broke immediately upfield, Oxlade-Chamberlain spearheading a counter-attack which ended in an exchange of passes with Roberto Firmino, and a brilliant finish into the bottom corner of the Southampton goal. The visitors appealed furiously that they should have been awarded the earlier penalty only to be met with an unfavourable decision from VAR. That proved to be a moot point eventually with Henderson and Salah adding goals in quick succession after the hour. Henderson doubled the lead from a move started when he closed down a clearance from keeper Alex McCarthy and Trent Alexander-Arnold returned it upfield. Firmino chased the pass down and laid the ball off for Henderson to drive in an unstoppable finish. Twelve minutes later Henderson himself set up the third, with a magnificent pass which just eluded Jan Bednarek and allowed Salah to chase through and lift the ball over the keeper. Firmino and substitute Takumi Minamino wasted glorious chances to add to the score before Salah did just that in the final minute to give Liverpool their 20th successive home league win. It came from more strong play by Firmino, who held off defender Jack Stephens before squaring for his Egyptian team-mate to score with an untidy, deflected shot. Yet, despite the impressive weight of statistical form that Liverpool brought into the game, Southampton were themselves looking for a fifth consecutive league away win and could have been on course for it by the interval. The first period ended with the Saints actually out-performing the leaders and, with better finishing, they would have been in control. Instead, Liverpool could point to their best, and only real, chance of the first half and bemoan the fact they were denied what looked a strong penalty appeal on the half hour. Virgil van Dijk missed a good opportunity with only McCarthy to beat, back-heeling at the keeper who then did well to block Firmino’s follow-up effort. Liverpool retained possession and Jordan Henderson crossed into the six-yard area where Firmino appeared to be brought down on the goalline by Shane Long. Despite the vocal appeals from Liverpool players and crowd alike, VAR chose not to overrule referee Kevin Friend, a reprieve that Southampton looked in the mood to take advantage of before the half expired. They were helped by a series of uncharacteristic Liverpool errors, both forced and unforced, which gifted the visitors a series of chances. An Ings shot was well blocked by Joe Gomez, after Firmino gave the ball straight to him, a Gomez error allowed Long a strike which Alisson parried while Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Ings, again, had promising openings. It was all part of an enthralling, if goalless, first half, with Moussa Djenepo’s shot having been tipped over earlier by Alisson and McCarthy doing likewise at the other end to deny Oxlade-Chamberlain. But Liverpool’s strong start to the second half altered the dynamic of the game and moved the Reds another step closer to their first English title since 1990.Tags: Alex Oxlade-ChamberlainAnfieldJordan HendersonLiverpoolMohamed Salahlast_img read more

Arsenal 0-1 Swansea: Swans stun Gunners to keep alive faint European hopes

first_img1 Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski produced a brilliant rearguard display against his former side as the Swans stunned Arsenal with a 1-0 win at the Emirates.The Pole, who left the Emirates for Wales last summer, frustrated his former employers throughout as Swansea kept their faint Europa League hopes alive with a third straight win.Fabianski denied Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott with a brilliant doublt save before substitute Bafetimbi Gomis netted the winner five minutes from time with a header that crept just over the line.Swansea’s victory clinched a league double over Arsenal and inflicted the Gunners’ first defeat in the league since losing to Tottenham in early February.Arsenal began brightly, and Olivier Giroud nearly capped a flowing move but his header looped onto the roof of the net.Swansea, who began without a recognised striker, then settled into the game, setting up to frustrate their hosts and utilise the pace of Nathan Dyer and Jefferson Montero on the counter attack.Jonjo Shelvey brought a couple of straight forward saves out of David Ospina, and Montero then dragged a shot wide on the stroke of half time after shrugging off a feeble challenge.The Gunners were much more potent after the break but found Fabianski in inspired form on his first return to the Emirates, denying Giroud after a fine move involving Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.The Pole was showing Arsene Wenger what he was missing, and pulled off a brilliant double save from Sanchez and then substitute Theo Walcott – although the latter probably should have done better.The Swans then provided the sting in the tail, as substitute Gomis’ header crept in at the back post, with the officials requiring the assistance of goal line technology to confirm the 85th minute strike.Fabianski and his defence remained resolute in the dying moments, and the Gunners’ defeat means the race to avoid fourth place and a Champions League qualifiyng play-off remains alive. Bafetimbi Gomis last_img read more

3 teams seek breakthrough win

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winless teams F2 Logistics, Cherrylume and Sta. Lucia Realty gun for a breakthrough win Thursday as the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference stages its “Spike on Tour” at Strike Gym in Molino, Bacoor.The Cargo Movers and the Lady Realtors will go at each other in the tough Pool A at 7 p.m., while the Iron Ladies will tackle the Generika Ayala Lifesavers in Pool B action at 5 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Gonzaga dedicates national team stint to fellow soldiers in field “We’re still adjusting,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus, who has the nucleus of powerhouse UAAP team La Salle and some of the league’s top players like Aby Maraño and Cha Cruz. —MARC REYESFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Stella Artois recall over concerns of glass particles in bottles

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you have any bottles of Stella Artois in your fridge, don’t drink it.The brewer has issued a voluntary recall of select packages containing 11.2-ounce bottles of its beer over concerns of broken glass.The recall applies to Stella Artois 6-packs, 12-packs, 18-packs, 24-packs, “Best of Belgium” multi-packs sold in the US and Canada. It also applies to Stella Artois Légère 6-packs and 12-packs sold in the US.“This recall impacts less than 1% of Stella Artois glass bottles sold in North America annually, and affected bottles will be far less than this,” says a news release from the brewer.The recall does not affect cans or draft.The company says a “glass packaging flaw” in some bottles may cause “a small piece” of glass to break off and possibly fall into the beer.This recall includes cases of Stella Artois with specific packaging dates. To check if your beer is affected, you should check codes that are found on the back label of the bottles and on the side of the cardboard cartons for multi-packs. The company says if you have a “Best of Belgium” multi-pack, you should check the Stella Artois bottle inside it.Click here to find out which codes are affectedIf you have bottles that is affected by this recall, the company says you will be reimbursed.last_img read more