Monday, July 24, 2006

Cuban journalism

Back in 2000, NUJ conference debated whether or not to ballot members on affiliation to the Cuba Solidarity Campaign. I voted against. How can a journalists' union meaningfully be in solidarity with a government that bangs up hacks with pro-US leanings?

Press freedom does seem to come at a premium here. The only newspaper I can get my hands on - and that with great difficulty - is Granma, published by the ruling CP. Imagine an eight-page daily edition of Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! and you kind of get the picture.

One item last week was slightly chilling. Apparently there was an annual press awards dinner in Havana. Presiding over the occasion was a certain Alberto Alvarino, vicejefe of the Ideological Department of the Central Committee. Hmmmm.



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