Iliana Hernandez, Victim of Decree 370

14ymedio, Havana, 10 February 2020 — Less than a year after Decree 370 went into effect, regulating the use of the Internet in Cuba, Iliana Hernández will be prosecuted for “disseminating, through the public data transmission networks, information contrary to the social interest.” Along with Boris González and Nancy Alfaya, hers is one of the first … Continue reading “Iliana Hernandez, Victim of Decree 370”

A Group of Cubans Presents a Request to Repeal Decree-Law 370

14ymedio, Havana, 8 June 2020 — This Monday a petition signed by more than 3,000 Cubans, 500 of them residents on the Island, was delivered to the National Assembly of People’s Power with a request to repeal Decree Law 370 “as unconstitutional.” The petition is addressed to Esteban Lazo Hernández, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez and other … Continue reading “A Group of Cubans Presents a Request to Repeal Decree-Law 370”

Cubalex Lawyers Give Their Opinion on Decree-Law 35, Recently Approved by Cuba’s Council of State and Council of Ministers

CUBLEX, 7 August 2021 — On August 17, Decree-Law No. 35 (DL35) was published in the Official Gazette: “On Telecommunications, Information and Communication Technologies, and the Use of the Radioelectric Spectrum” and Resolution 105 “National Action Model for the response to Cybersecurity incidents.” What are the implications of these new rules? Do they criminalize freedom … Continue reading “Cubalex Lawyers Give Their Opinion on Decree-Law 35, Recently Approved by Cuba’s Council of State and Council of Ministers”

Independent Journalism: A Risky Profession in Cuba

Iván García, July 6, 2020 – To do objective journalism in Cuba is an abstraction. You cannot obtain data or statistics from official institutions, as there is no public information office. What is normal in any other country in the world – knowing the president’s agenda or itinerary, accrediting yourself at a minister’s press conference, … Continue reading “Independent Journalism: A Risky Profession in Cuba”

Six Years of 14ymedio. How Have We Changed?

14ymedio, Havana, 21 May 2020 —  On a Wednesday, six years ago, 14ymedio was born. Now the circumstances have changed, but not the essence of this newspaper. We look into a new decade immersed in a pandemic that fills the world with uncertainties, but with the same dream of taking to your homes every morning the stories that you … Continue reading “Six Years of 14ymedio. How Have We Changed?”

Two Journalists Summoned by State Security in the Midst of the Coronavirus Crisis

14ymedio, Havana, 28 March 2020 —  This Friday, reporters Yoe Suárez, a collaborator with Diario de Cuba and Camila Acosta, from Cubanet, were summoned by State Security, as reported by both on social networks. Acosta was also fined 3,000 CUP for allegedly violating Decree 370, which regulates the use of the internet in Cuba. The journalist was fined for … Continue reading “Two Journalists Summoned by State Security in the Midst of the Coronavirus Crisis”

What Happened to Freedom of Expression in Cuba in 2020? / Cubalex

Cubalex, 19 May 2021 — The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression [of the  Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)] documented a continuation during 2020 of the pattern of restrictions on freedom of expression and access to public information in Cuba. The annual report issued by the organization indicates that acts of threats, harassment, and … Continue reading “What Happened to Freedom of Expression in Cuba in 2020? / Cubalex”

Law Goes into Effect Expanding Control of Cuban State Over the Internet and Social Networks

14ymedio, Havana, 17 August 2021 — Giving voice to false news in Cuba, disseminating it, publishing offensive messages or defamations that harm “the prestige of the country” will be a crime when Decree-Law 35 goes into effect on Wednesday; the law will penalize “ethical and social or incidents of aggression” on social media. With the … Continue reading “Law Goes into Effect Expanding Control of Cuban State Over the Internet and Social Networks”

The Cuban Government Will Control the Internet and Social Media to "Defend the Achievements of the Socialist State"

14ymedio, Havana, 14 April 2021 — The Cuban government will widen its control of the Internet and social media with the passage of a new decree-law. In order to “defend the achievements made by the socialist State,” the measure will allow official regulation of new technologies and communication, according to Jorge Luis Perdomo Di-Lella, Minister … Continue reading “The Cuban Government Will Control the Internet and Social Media to "Defend the Achievements of the Socialist State"”

For Washington, Cuba is Not a Priority / Ivan Garcia

Iván García, 15 February 2021 — As he drives a ramshackle Soviet-era Moskvitch down a central avenue west of Havana, Samuel, a retired athlete, explains why doing business in Cuba is very difficult. Eleven years ago, when Raúl Castro kicked off the expansion of private work, Samuel used the money he saved plus a loan … Continue reading “For Washington, Cuba is Not a Priority / Ivan Garcia”

Cuban Police Committed to Supporting Acts of Repudiation Against Artists

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 15 December 2020 — State Security continues its harassment against activists and artists who were housed at the headquarters of the San Isidro Movement. One day after Carlos Manuel Álvarez was arrested when he left his family’s house in Cárdenas, Matanzas, and was interrogated for six hours, Katherine Bisquet denounced the organization … Continue reading “Cuban Police Committed to Supporting Acts of Repudiation Against Artists”

“You Should Be the Ones Talking to Us, Not State Security”

14ymedio, Havana, 3 December 2020 — The following document is the result of comparing the notes taken by various people who were present and what was remembered by the participants. Published on the Facebook Page 27N (for ‘November 27’) , it is reproduced with their permission. They point out that “there were more statements in … Continue reading ““You Should Be the Ones Talking to Us, Not State Security””

Cuban State Security Continues to Harass the San Isidro Movement

14ymedio, Havana, 20 November 2020 — A police cordon around the headquarters of the San Isidro Movement, in Old Havana, has blocked pedestrians since since last Monday. State Security arrests anyone who tries to reach the place, where seven activists remain confined in protest of the sentence of eight months in prison for the rebellious rapper Denis Solís. … Continue reading “Cuban State Security Continues to Harass the San Isidro Movement”

Cuban Police Threaten the Young ‘Influencer’ Jancel Moreno with Prison

14ymedio, Luz Escobar, Havana, 17 September 2020 — The young influencer and reporter Jancel Moreno was summoned this Wednesday afternoon by the police of the city of Matanzas and was threatened with up to four years in prison if he does not stop publishing criticism against the Cuban authorities on social networks. Moreno, who is also … Continue reading “Cuban Police Threaten the Young ‘Influencer’ Jancel Moreno with Prison”

Another Day of Arrests and Surveillance Against Activists and Independent Journalists

14ymedio, Havana, 31 July 2020 — Independent journalist Camila Acosta*, a reporter for Cubanet, was detained this Friday by Interior Ministry officials while she was in Havana’s Central Park. Two uniformed women asked the reporter for her identity card and also for the phone number with which she was transmitting what had happened to social networks. … Continue reading “Another Day of Arrests and Surveillance Against Activists and Independent Journalists”