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    Cuba – Five dissident journalists freed after short detention
    Source: Reporters Without Borders – Tue, 15 Oct 2013 04:35 AM
    Author: Reporters Without Borders

    Mario Echevarría Driggs, David Águila Montero and William Cacer Díaz,
    arrested in Havana last week, were freed on 14 October 2013.

    Two correspondents for the Hablemos Press news center, Denis Noa
    Martinez and Pablo Morales Marchán, were arrested last Sunday. They were
    freed at the same time.

    “Reporters Without Borders is relieved that all five journalists have
    been released. Hopefully, news providers will be able to continue their
    work without fear of repression or incarceration. We demand that
    authorities punish zealous State security and police agents
    accordingly,” said the organization.

    14/10/13 – Three dissident journalists arrested in space of 24 hours

    Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of three
    dissident journalists who were arrested within the space of 24 hours at
    the end of last week in Havana.

    Mario Echevarría Driggs, a reporter for the Misceláneas de Cuba website,
    was arrested while covering a demonstration near the National Capitol on
    10 October. David Águila Montero, head of the Independent Journalists’
    Social Agency (ASPI), was arrested as he left his home the next morning.

    William Cacer Díaz, a reporter for the Hablemos Press news centre, was
    arrested by State Security (the political police) a few hours later as
    he was going to Hablemos Press headquarters.

    “These targeted acts of repression are the unfortunate continuation of
    Cuba’s rejection of the UN Human Rights Council’s recommendations on
    freedom of expression in Geneva on 20 September,” Reporters Without
    Borders said.

    “This attitude is all the more incomprehensible in the light of Cuban
    civil society’s growing debate about information, a debate in which the
    official media have now joined. You cannot hope to debate and reform
    everything while continuing to resort to censorship, brutality and
    arbitrary measures. The detained journalists and netizens must be freed
    at once.”

    Reporters Without Borders added: “As current holder of the rotating
    presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States
    (CELAC), Cuba has all the more reason for honouring its obligations on
    civil liberties and human rights, as President Raúl Castro himself
    promised. Ratification of the UN covenants on civil and political rights
    can wait no longer.”

    Two other news providers are currently detained in Cuba: the writer and
    blogger Angel Santiesteban-Prats, who has been held since 28 February,
    and José Antonio Torres, a journalist with the Communist Party daily
    Granma, who was sentenced to 14 years in prison in July 2011 on
    unexplained charges of “spying.”

    The three latest arrests follow an increase in repressive measures in
    recent weeks.

    Reporters Without Borders condemns the “acto de repudio” (act of public
    vilification) organized outside dissident journalist Juan Carlos
    González Leiva’s home on 12 October, a week after the police summoned
    the blogger and activist Isbel Díaz Torres after a debate on the future
    of the Labour Code that was organized by the Communist Party and Workers
    Central.

    Source: “Cuba – Five dissident journalists freed after short detention”
    - http://www.trust.org/item/20131015154437-ahm5t/

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