Cuba cracks down on dissent, yet journalist says he’s not leaving

Cuba has been cracking down on dissent. Journalists will have to obtain official permission before reporting on sensitive topics such as migration or abortion and are forbidden from transmitting material from radio and television…

Cuba cracks down on dissent, yet journalist says he’s not leaving

Cuba has been cracking down on dissent.

Journalists will have to obtain official permission before reporting on sensitive topics such as migration or abortion and are forbidden from transmitting material from radio and television if it is not newsworthy.

Adrien Lamara, a writer for the Radio Netherlands, a pro-democracy group that has been restricted in its broadcasts from the island, plans to defy the order.

“That’s their problem, but I’m not leaving,” Lamara told the Reuters news agency. “I’m going to continue my journalistic activities and just carry on reporting.”

Lamara, who enjoys a reputation for revelatory reports of what he has encountered in Cuba, has previously expressed his annoyance at the strictures that limit his freedoms to create journalistic work there.

“What is happening in Cuba, and the way it is being directed by its political and bureaucratic leadership, is disgraceful.” he wrote in 2012. “It violates basic democratic precepts such as freedom of expression, the independence of the media and the right to express criticism.”

“Cuba will never surrender to terrorism and mass terrorism like that perpetrated by [the U.S.] government,” he said, responding to President Donald Trump’s rhetorical campaign, which he considers absurd and a threat to Cubans’ lives.

Read the full story at Reuters.

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