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December 18, 1998, Cuba Free Press

AUTHORITIES SUSPEND INDEPENDENT JOURNALIST'S FAMILY VISITS By Juan Antonio Sánchez, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - Prison authorities have denied weekly family visits for Manuel Antonio González Castellano, 40, a reporter for Cuba Free Press. Mr. González has been imprisoned since October 1, 1998, accused of disrespect towards Fidel Castro and awaiting trial.

His sister, Ana Virgen González Castellano, told this reporter that when she and her mother arrived at the Holguín penitentiary they were received by an officer who goes by the name of Marrero. She said, "We asked him to return to us my brother's journalism textbook which was taken from him some days ago. The officer replied that he 'would see what he could do as Manuel Antonio is misbehaving, he doesn't want to go to interrogation sessions. I warn you, he must be careful because he is exposed to many dangers as he lives among criminals and delinquents.'"

Ana Virgen said that after undergoing a thorough search, she and her mother were made to wait for two hours in the penitentiary's dining room. "After waiting awhile, we were told that several Security officers had decided to suspend the weekly visits because I had told Marerro that I would denounce the threats and vexations my brother is being subjected to."

To visit González in jail both women must travel 30 kilometers (18 miles) from San German to Holguín.

By Juan Antonio Sánchez, Cuba Free Press.


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