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Press organisation denounces campaign of media harassment and intimidation in Cuba
Published on June 13, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

MIAMI, USA -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA) has denounced a campaign of harassment and aggression in Cuba launched against members of the Hablemos Press Information Center news agency (CIHPRESS) and condemned an attack on Wednesday on its director, Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez.

Guerra Pérez was attacked in Havana by a person sent by the political police, injuring him in the face, the agency reported on its Web site www.cihpress.com. The day before he had received a telephoned threat.

CIHPRESS also reported on recent violent actions against its members in the past two months by political police that include “coercion and intimidation, jailing, arbitrary detentions, death threats, harassment, character assassination, beatings, seizure of tools” and the blocking of their mobile phones, among other acts.

“We condemn the threatening actions against the news media, to which unfortunately the archaic Cuban regime has made us become accustomed to,” said IAPA’s Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Claudio Paolillo, who also expressed his “solidarity with the independent journalists who, going against the current, survive in the face of an archaic government that does not recognize the fundamental right to freedom of expression and of the press.”

Several days earlier more than 70 members of the Ladies in White movement were detained for five to 12 hours when they attempted to attend a Sunday Mass at various churches around the country.
 
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