Afrique Asie Europe Moyen-Orient Internet Nations unies
 
Cuba25 July 2005

Independent journalist included in wave of arrests of dissidents

Reporters Without Borders today roundly condemned the arrest of independent journalist Oscar Mario González of the Grupo de Trabajo Decoro news agency, who was detained at the same time as at least 15 other dissidents on the morning of 22 July.

Referring to the 21 other journalists already being held in dreadful conditions in prisons throughout the island since 18 March 2003, the organisation said González had become "the 22nd example of the deplorable state of press freedom in Cuba."

More dissidents were arrested last week than at any time since the so-called Black Spring of March 2003. Thirteen of those detained on 22 July were still being held today, including González, who was reportedly being held at a police station in the Havana municipality of Playa.

The exact circumstances of his arrest are unknown. He has been allowed to receive some packages but he has not been allowed any visits.

When González was summoned and questioned by two state security agents in Havana on 24 March, he was told he would not see his family again if he continued to work against the government as a journalist. He was offered the chance of going to Sweden where his daughter lives, but he refused.

Three of the journalists held since March 2003 for threatening "the state’s independence and territorial integrity" are members of the Grupo de Trabajo Decoro news agency. They are Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez (who is serving a 20-year prison sentence), Omar Moisés Ruiz Hernández (who was sentenced to 18 years) and José Ubaldo Izquierdo Hernández (16 years).



In this country
20 May - Cuba
Anyone can browse the Internet... unless they are Cuban
15 May - Cuba
Journalist gets three-year jail sentence
24 February - Cuba
After a year of Raúl Castro as president, political opening still ignores imprisoned journalists
3 February - Cuba
As UN conducts universal periodic review, 205 political prisoners, including 23 journalists, await release.
3 October - Cuba
US finally issues visas to Prensa Latina’s two UN correspondents

in the annual report
Cuba - Annual Report 2008
Cuba - Annual report 2007
Cuba - Annual report 2006


reports
14 March 2008 - Cuba
No surrender by independent journalists, five years on from “black spring”
5 June 2007 - Venezuela
Closure of Radio Caracas Televisión consolidates media hegemony
22 May 2007 - Colombia
Paramilitary "black eagles" poised to swoop down on press
archives

Americas press releases
3 June - United States
President Obama urged to raise freedom of expression in his Cairo speech
29 May - Venezuela
Open letter to President Hugo Chavez to protest about official hounding of Globovisión
27 May - Mexico
Crime reporter abducted and killed in Durango state
15 May - Colombia
Former intelligence officials leak list of news media and journalists whose phones were tapped
14 May - United States
Arraignment of suspected mastermind of Chauncey Bailey’s murder postponed again

Americas archives
2009 archives
2008 archives
2007 archives
2006 archives
2005 archives
2004 archives
2003 archives
2002 archives
2001 archives
2000 archives

Sign the petitions
Cuba
Miguel Galván Gutiérrez
Cuba
Fabio Prieto Llorente
United States
Chauncey Bailey
A petition to Raúl Castro