Friday, October 09, 2009

Bloggers Offer Fresh Hope in Cuba: Cuba's Surprisingly Vibrant Blogosphere

BBC -- Cuba's dynamic emerging blogging community has recently been testing the limits of free expression with posts ranging from vivid accounts of everyday life to sometimes risky calls for political change in the Communist-run state. Bloggers - many of whom were born after the 1959 revolution - are trying to move debate away from the established official doctrine to exploring social and economic issues.

Most still avoid direct criticism of the government, for fear of provoking a crackdown on the country's growing internet. However, the government's present tolerance could change, as an increasing number of bloggers are beginning to condemn the harassment of independent writers and are demanding structural reforms.

From The Committee to Protect Journalists
"Special Report: Chronicling Cuba, Bloggers Offer Fresh Hope":

A vibrant, independent blogging culture is emerging in Cuba, of all places. Numerous journalistic blogs are exploring important social and economic issues. Will the regime crack down, or is a new era dawning?

Despite vast legal and technical obstacles, a growing number of Cuban bloggers have prevailed over the regime’s tight Internet restrictions to disseminate island news and views online. The bloggers, mainly young adults from a variety of professions, have opened a new space for free expression in Cuba, while offering a fresh glimmer of hope for the rebirth of independent ideas in Cuba’s closed system.


At 10/09/2009 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No thanks to Michael Moore, Dan Rather, Herbert Matthews, Oliver Stone, Robert Redford, Steven Spielberg or any of the leftist scum who have celebrated Castro and worked to keep his authoritarian boot firmly on the necks of the Cuban people. There must be a special place in Hell for the abettors of dictators.

At 10/10/2009 7:57 PM, Blogger Richard Rider, Chair, San Diego Tax Fighters said...

In an earlier age these effete elitists would have been the apologists and cheerleaders for Uncle Joe and Chairman Mao. Indeed, some were!


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