Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Para Una Prensa Libre: A Special Report From The Committee To Protect Journalists

In her kitchen overlooking Havana’s crumbling skyline, Julia Núñez Pacheco recalls the day five years ago when plainclothes state security agents, pistols on hips, stormed into her home. They accused Adolfo Fernández Saínz, her husband of three decades and an independent journalist with the small news agency Patria, of committing acts aimed at “subverting the internal order of the nation.” Over the course of eight long hours, agents ransacked the apartment, confiscating items considered proof of Fernández Saínz’s crimes: a typewriter, stacks of the Communist Party daily Granma with Fidel Castro’s remarks underlined, and outlawed books such as George Orwell’s Animal Farm and 1984. As Fernández Saínz was hauled away, Núñez Pacheco remembers one of the agents turning to her and saying, “You know, we’ve been told you are decent, quiet people. No fighting, no yelling. It’s a shame you’ve chosen this path.”

Real it all here.

How messed up do you have to be to ban George Orwell?

I love Cuba. I will always love Cuba. But I would love Cuba a lot more if its decrepit government did this:
  • Immediately and unconditionally release all imprisoned journalists.
  • Vacate the convictions of the nine journalists who were released on medical parole since the 2003 crackdown.
  • Ensure the proper care of all journalists in government custody. We hold the government responsible for the health and welfare of those incarcerated.
  • Fully meet its commitments under the recently signed International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by allowing journalists to work freely and without fear of reprisal.

9 Comments:

Blogger Fred - said...

Ahhh Cuba. Viva la Revolucion

I can still recall those many years when the Federal NDP sponsored those Potemkin Village youth tours so the good, moral Canadian NDP Youth young'uns could get all warm & fuzzy over how successful socialism was working out in Cuba.

I'd bet they all still believe in the Caribbean Utopia.

They might be able to read Animal Farm, but they don't understand it's meaning.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Blazing Cat Fur said...

Looks like Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury has been arrested again.

http://www.interfaithstrength.com/images/RAB.htm

That is scary Fred, I had no idea the NDP did that.

7:31 PM  
Blogger Fred - said...

"NDP members hope to learn from trip to Cuba

'See workers' democracy in action,' group says

Ian Jack, National Post Online, Canada. September 13, 2000

OTTAWA - Members of the New Democratic Party are planning a tour of Cuba, one of the world's last Communist dictatorships, to "breathe the fresh air of a workers' state!"

"Tour members hope to return to Canada with lessons and examples for the New Democratic Party," says a draft itinerary for the trip, timed to coincide with May Day, 2001. Up to 75 members of the NDP Socialist Caucus intend to spend one or two weeks visiting such landmarks as Lenin Park in Havana, a sugar cane fibre cardboard factory, and Varadero Beach, which the itinerary says, "hosts numerous parks, museums and recreational opportunities."

Most Canadians know Varadero more for the beaches, resorts and prostitutes who hang out nearby, hungry for U.S. dollars to buy food and other necessities.

Wayne Harder, communications director for the federal NDP, said the group is not officially sanctioned by the party and will get no funding.

"It's a group of people within the party. It is not an official caucus," Mr. Harder said. "The Web site's not ours. The party is not organizing any tours to Cuba."

A Web site for the socialist caucus trumpets the trip as the first-ever tour of Cuba by NDP rank-and-file. "See workers' democracy in action," it urges. "Witness a society committed to meeting the needs and wants of all of its citizens.""

8:51 AM  
Blogger Stepan Zarin said...

Reporters Without Borders was the previous front group for these arrested "journalists". Has the US state dept set up a new "press freedom" group since RWB was pinned as financially dependent on the American National Endowment for Democracy (NED)?

It is of course possible to write dramatic and heart rendering stories about the arrested "journalists"... but this article ignores that these arrested persons were ALL on the US state dept dole. Same as the so-called "librarians" with 25 books on a shelf.

And who says Orwell is banned in Cuba?

This is nonsense.

7:17 PM  
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7:18 PM  
Blogger Blazing Cat Fur said...

Are you the latest "Front Group" for Castro Stepan?

7:11 PM  
Blogger vildechaye said...

Stepan Zarin: Are you serious? Do you really believe that just because these particular journalists were financed by the State Dept., or whatever U.S. agency, that means that all the arbitrary arrests and denials of freedom in Cuba can be shrugged off like so much Yankee propaganda? Wow. Your attitude is much like that of a wall poster I just happened to see on Main Street yesterday (by the Payday Loans store). The title was, can you believe this: "Fidel, Cuba, Democracy, Are They Inseparable". At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me, and the word was "incompatible," not inseparable. But no. Imagine, the country hasn't had an election in 50 years, opposition is officially banned,and here are some NDP refugees or whoever thinking that Fidel and democracy are inseparable. It would be funny if it weren't so tragic for Cuban people, who routinely try to flee Fidel's paradise on flimsy boats just to get away from the place. On the other hand, I have also heard from visitors to Cuba that the women there are so destitute they'll have sex with tourists just for a dinner, so maybe that's the paradise these guys have in mind.
cheers.

11:25 AM  
Blogger vildechaye said...

Stepan Zarin: Are you serious? Do you really believe that just because these particular journalists were financed by the State Dept., or whatever U.S. agency, that means that all the arbitrary arrests and denials of freedom in Cuba can be shrugged off like so much Yankee propaganda? Wow. Your attitude is much like that of a wall poster I just happened to see on Main Street yesterday (by the Payday Loans store). The title was, can you believe this: "Fidel, Cuba, Democracy, Are They Inseparable". At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me, and the word was "incompatible," not inseparable. But no. Imagine, the country hasn't had an election in 50 years, opposition is officially banned,and here are some NDP refugees or whoever thinking that Fidel and democracy are inseparable. It would be funny if it weren't so tragic for Cuban people, who routinely try to flee Fidel's paradise on flimsy boats just to get away from the place. On the other hand, I have also heard from visitors to Cuba that the women there are so destitute they'll have sex with tourists just for a dinner, so maybe that's the paradise these guys have in mind.
cheers.

11:27 AM  

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