14ymedio, Havana, 23 March 2018 — One hundred Venezuelan journalists released a manifesto on Friday demanding freedom of expression and supporting independent journalism in Cuba to mark the 15th anniversary of the 2003 Black Spring.
“Three decades later, within Cuba, the right to express oneself freely and the exercise of independent journalism are crimes,” the manifesto states.
Among the signatories of the document, promoted by Venecuba and Medianálisis, there are prominent press, radio and television journalists such as Nelson Bocaranda, Reyes Theis and Andrés Cañizales.
“The lack of freedom in Cuba, which directly impacts journalists within the island, should move us to the defense of these rights and this situation can not be viewed with indifference by the societies of other countries,” the signatories denounce.
According to a report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), during the 2003 Black Spring the 75 independent journalists and activists who were arrested were held for days in dungeons without the minimum conditions, subjected to humiliating treatment and away from their families.
“Journalists unjustly imprisoned during the massive assault on Cuban dissidence were finally released [in 2010], but that dark stage has led to a phase of constant and significant repression,” CPJ’s text says.
Last June, Reporters Without Borders once again placed Cuba among the countries with the lowest freedom of expression in the world, placing it in position 173 of the 180 countries listed.
José A. Aristimuño
Luis Ernesto Blanco
Nelson Bocaranda Sardi
Ingrid Bravo Balabú
Edgar Alfredo Cárdenas
Carlos Delgado Flores
María Inés Delgado
Luis Carlos Díaz
Pedro García Otero
Pedro Eduardo Leal
Juan José Peralta
María Fernanda Rodríguez
Andrés Rojas Jiménez
César Miguel Rondón
Juan Diego Vílchez
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