Amnesty International says Cuba stepping up repression of independent media By: The Associated Press
30/06/2010 6:50 AM
MADRID – Amnesty International says Cuba is stepping up repression of independent media as journalists try to report on a country eager for change now that longtime ruler Fidel Castro has been replaced by his brother Raul.
The New York-based human rights group says this year has been particularly bad for independent media, which tried to cover street protests in support of jailed political prisoners, only to be detained or otherwise prevented from doing their jobs.
Amnesty International’s deputy director for the Americas, Kerrie Howard, said her organization has seen “a wave” of harassment and arbitrary detention of independent journalists in Cuba.