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March 15, 1999

REGIME JOURNAL THREATENS "PESSIMISTS," OTHER SELECTED TARGETS By Efrén Martínez Pulgarón, Cuba Free Press.

HAVANA - The newspaper journal Juventud Rebelde (Rebel Youth) has renewed its daily edition in Havana, declaring itself "dissident."

During more than eight years Juventud Rebelde was published weekly. Now it will be published Wednesdays through Sundays.

With the headline: "Volvemos más jóvenes y rebeldes" ("We return more young and rebellious"), the publication of the young Cubans says that this is a challenge to the journal because it means to be "more young, bold, joyful, serious, intelligent, thoughtful, funny, profound and rebellious".

The editorial continues that this daily is in rebellion against the "physical and mental 'lazies,' the indolent and sloppy, the pessimists and the failures," and that its reappearance shows the interest of the state in bringing "information to the people."

Another journal of the Communist Youth (Juventud Comunista) states: "Obviously this newspaper was, is and will be dissident" and adds that "we have the moral obligation to dissent from those who are embarrassed with their past, from those who sell themselves for 30 green coins, from those who walk on their knees to receive the blessings of the north winds."

They also dissent from "from those who do not believe in dreams, from the easy pleasers, and the corrupted."

The appearance of the daily Rebelde was qualified as a "present from the Congress of the Union of Journalists of Cuba"(UPEC) meeting in mid-March in the Palace of Conventions of this capital.

The writer of the editorial expresses hopes that the Congress of the UPEC will address the problems of the press and that the quality of the media will improve "so that it could overcome the giant mission demanded by the international and Cuban reality".

The new daily will have a circulation of 100,000. "Not enough," it says but it adds, "lend your newspaper to your neighbor or to your co-worker and that will be like multiplying the edition."

Efrén Martínez Pulgarón, Cuba Free Press.


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