March 18, 2003 to March 18, 2006: Three years after “black spring” the independent press refuses to remain in the dark

first_img News Receive email alerts October 12, 2018 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Organisation May 6, 2020 Find out more News CubaAmericas RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Three years after the “Black Spring” of March 2003, Reporters Without Borders releases a new investigative report on the state of the independent Cuban press. Non-official journalism still attracts its exponents despite a new crackdown on dissidents. Reporters Without Borders urges the international community to provide moral and practical support to these independent journalists. Follow the news on Cuba RSF_en to go further On March 18, 2003, an unprecedented wave of repression broke over Cuban dissidents. For three days, ninety opponents of the regime were arrested on grounds that they were “agents of the American enemy.” Among them were twenty-seven journalists. Nearly all of them were tried under the “88 Law” of February 1999, which protects the “national independence and economy of Cuba,” and were given prison sentences ranging from 14 to 27 years. This “black spring” dealt a heavy blow to Cuba’s independent press, which had started to emerge on the island in the early 1990s with the creation of small news agencies. Since the latter’s founders and directors who had been thrown in jail, many journalists preferred to give up their profession or opt for a life of exile. Did independent journalism die out in Cuba that day? Three years after the crackdown, Reporters Without Borders wanted to take stock of the situation. Unable to send representatives to Cuba, the organization contacted journalists who were still living on the island, or in exile, members of an agency or freelancers, families of jailed dissidents and media outlets – such as Internet websites, radio stations, and publications – most of whom are based in Miami (the second largest Cuban city in the world, with close to 3 million nationals), Puerto Rico, and Madrid. Although it is difficult at present to estimate the exact number of working journalists in Cuba, and their working conditions are even more precarious in the wake of a new wave of repression that has begun to spread across the country, the unofficial Cuban press has not given up. In fact, it constitutes the top news source on the status of human rights on the island. However, its clandestine situation has forced it to be a press “from the inside for the outside”, one nearly inaccessible to those whom it covers on a daily basis. ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Related documents Cuba ReportPDF – 340.84 KB CubaAmericas Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Help by sharing this information News Reports March 16, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 March 18, 2003 to March 18, 2006: Three years after “black spring” the independent press refuses to remain in the darklast_img read more

Mid-market sales slow in final weeks of the year

first_imgClockwise from top left: 1529 62nd Street in Bensonhurst, 46-28 21st Street in Long Island City, 128 Houston Street in the Bowery, 718 East 211 Street in East Bronx and 47 West 55th Street in Midtown (Google Maps)Activity for New York’s mid-market investment sales — that is, sales between $10 million and $30 million — unsurprisingly slowed in the weeks before the end of the year. There were just five sales totaling $58.05 million, with every borough except Staten Island represented.The largest parcel sold was a 4,900-square-foot industrial building in Borough Park, which will eventually transform into a commercial space. Other deals include affordable housing in the Bronx and a development parcel purchased in Long Island City.Here are more details for the week ending Dec. 25:1. Limited liability companies affiliated with Jack Guttman and Jack Basch sold a 4,900-square-foot industrial building on 12,700 square feet of land at 1529 62nd Street in Borough Park, for $13.25 million. The buyer was limited liability company MMark2018. Earlier this month, Abraham Woldiger filed an application for a five-story, 45,833-square-foot commercial and community building at the same address.2. Jerry Offenberg sold a 12,500-square-foot warehouse at 46-28 21st Street in Long Island City for $13 million. The site has 47,000 square feet of development rights. Jiashu Xu led a group of developers to purchase the property. Rodney Nassimian and Josh Goldflam of Highcap Group completed the sale.3. The Seidman Family sold a 12,590-square-foot mixed-use building at 128 West Houston Street in Greenwich Village for $11 million. The buyer was parking landlord Gary Spindler, acting through Sul-hous Holdings LLC. The building has approximately 20 rental apartments, according to StreetEasy.4. The Center for Urban Community Services acquired 35,000 square feet of vacant land at 713 and 718 East 211 Street in East Bronx for $10.8 million. B&B Urban was the seller. The land will eventually be home to Williamsbridge Gardens, an affordable housing complex for which CUCS will provide supportive housing services.5. Pancas Restaurant, Inc. sold a 11,000-square-foot mixed-use building at 47 West 55th Street for $10 million. Frank Caselli signed as the seller. The buyer was Abraham Heby through limited liability company AH 55th Street Owner.Contact the author TagsCommercial Real EstateInvestment SalesManhattanthe Bronx Full Name* Email Address* Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlinklast_img read more