14ymedio, Havana, 28 December 2017 — The reporter and designer of the independent magazine La Hora de Cuba has experienced a series of intense months throughout 2017. Last March, Sol García Basulto (b. 1988, Camagüey) was charged with the alleged crime of “usurpation of legal capacity” for exercising independent journalism, for which she faced a penalty of between three months and one year of deprivation of liberty.
The young reporter was warned by the police for conducting interviews and collecting information on public rights-of-way, a task that, according to the authorities, she undertook to “distort and write against the Government.”
In July, the journalist suffered new restrictions on her movement after the police imposed “a precautionary measure of house arrest” after an interrogation in the city of Camagüey. The accusation and the measures against García Basulto are the same as those received by her colleague Henry Constantín, who is the regional vice president of the Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) in Cuba.
The IAPA believes that the accusations for which she is being prosecuted are contrary to international provisions that support “the right to seek, receive, disseminate information and express opinions.”
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