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

Indiana FOP endorses Frye

first_imgGreensburg, In. — State Rep. Randy Frye has been endorsed by the Indiana State Federation of Police for re-election to House Dist. 67.“Seldom do we find a candidate of your caliber who has the leadership and integrity to carry out the duties as State Representative, District 67, for the great state of Indiana,” William R. Owensby, president, and Mike Anderson, PAC chairman, Indiana State Federation of Police, said in a letter to Frye. “Your support and commitment to Indiana Law Enforcement has not gone unnoticed.”Frye is chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Public Safety Committee and is a member of the Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee and the Roads and Transportation Committee.  A retired firefighter and business owner, Frye represents House Dist. 67, which includes parts or all of Dearborn, Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties.last_img read more