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5 de marzo de 1999

March 5, 1999

RAUL RIVERO AMD OSWALDO PAYÁ SERIOUSLY THREATENED BY OSS by Pablo Alfonso, El Nuevo Herald.
Published Friday March 5, 1999 El Nuevo Herald

Raul Rivero, a journalist and director of Cuba Free Press, an independent news agency in Cuba, said on Thursday that he, the journalists of his agency, and opposition leader Oswaldo Paya will be among the first to whom the new repressive laws will be applied. They are threatened with 20-year sentences.

"I received a direct threat that when the laws becomes effective I will be on the list of those to whom the law will be applied," said Rivero during a Radio Marti telephone interview. "They also mentioned others like Oswaldo Paya, who are not journalists."

Rivero said that Wednesday night he was driven to a house of the Office of State Security in the exclusive neighborhood of Siboney, where two officers awaited him.

"I was not arrested. It was a three-hour conversation that was held in a decent and even cordial manner," Rivero affirmed. "We talked about the new law, of the work of independent journalists. They expressed their point of view, I expressed mine."

Rivero added that the officers were steadfast in their warning that they would not tolerate the work of independent journalists or the existence of opposition groups.

"Everytime I told them that I planned to continue with our informative work in a decent and respectful manner, because I am not going to become a prisoner of a law that does not pertain to me, since I am not a delinquent, they would say 'It's alright but the law will be applied to you regardless.'"

Rivero described the actual situation of the independent journalists as "exhausting" and reaffirmed that as independent journalists they do not respond to any political group, color or ideology.

Pablo Alfonso, El Nuevo Herald.


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