Cuban Faces of 2016: José Ramírez Pantoja, Journalist (b. Holguín) /
14ymedio, Havana, 27 December 2016 – Cuban faces of 2016: The journalist
José Ramírez Pantoja starred this year in one of the most publicized
cases of censorship within the official press. The reporter was fired
from his job at Radio Holguin after being accused of printing on his
personal blog the words of Karina Marron, vice president of the official
newspaper Granma, who expressed concern at a union meeting about a
possible social explosion like the 1994 Maleconazo.
Since the ruling, Aixa Hevia, vice president of the Union of Journalists
of Cuba (UPEC) accused Pantoja of positioning himself to be able to move
to the Miami media. Despite the appeal made by the journalist, the
Municipal Court of Holguin ratified his dismissal. The National Ethics
Commission of UPEC also ruled against him.
Ramírez Pantoja says that the injustice committed against him has led
him to consider the need for a journalism that is more serious and
committed to people’s needs.
Source: Cuban Faces of 2016: José Ramírez Pantoja, Journalist (b.
Holguín) / 14ymedio – Translating Cuba –