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March 26, 1999, Cuba Free Press. >

MESSAGE TO THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS ASSOCIATION, HALF A YEAR SINCE LAST MEETING By Raul Rivero, Cuba Free Press. (Translated by a volunteer for Cuba Free Press.)

HAVANA - Dear friends: One new Cuban law that took effect March 15 was designed and intended, quite obviously, to silence independent journalism in Cuba.

The law's articles effectively cancel all hope of free publication through the international press and reinforce old legislation which bans the use (by non-government journalists) of the local media or the printing, broadcasting of any news, opinions or commentary throughout the Cuban territory.

Those of us opting to continue our work after the proclamation of such a law are not doing so on an irresponsible dare. We are convinced of the ethical sense our work carries, independent of any political posturing and even less any desire to endorse measures or behaviors of other countries.

Alternative journalism is simply a calm, dispassionate viewing of the Cuban reality with the opinions and judgements of Cubans about their country and their evaluations and thoughts about that reality.

The law was thrown into a highly charged atmosphere and it presages, menacingly, actions against many of us independent journalists working here. We need our colleagues of the Americas to state their support of our threatened but still viable project with a loud voice and firm resolve.

We, the journalists laboring inside Cuba, outside the state-controlled media, plead with the spokespersons of this hemisphere, under the auspices of the Inter-American Press Association, to carry out a continental drive to back our efforts this April. They should demand journalism which will remain truthful, honest and professional.

Raul Rivero Castanera, President of Cuba Free Press, an independent press agency. Subject: cubap990326z.

March 26, 1999, Cuba Free Press. >

MESSAGE TO THE INTERNATIONAL PRESS ASSOCIATION, HALF A YEAR SINCE LAST MEETING By Raul Rivero, Cuba Free Press. (Translated by a volunteer for Cuba Free Press.)

HAVANA - Dear friends: One new Cuban law that took effect March 15 was designed and intended, quite obviously, to silence independent journalism in Cuba.

The law's articles effectively cancel all hope of free publication through the international press and reinforce old legislation which bans the use (by non-government journalists) of the local media or the printing, broadcasting of any news, opinions or commentary throughout the Cuban territory.

Those of us opting to continue our work after the proclamation of such a law are not doing so on an irresponsible dare. We are convinced of the ethical sense our work carries, independent of any political posturing and even less any desire to endorse measures or behaviors of other countries.

Alternative journalism is simply a calm, dispassionate viewing of the Cuban reality with the opinions and judgements of Cubans about their country and their evaluations and thoughts about that reality.

The law was thrown into a highly charged atmosphere and it presages, menacingly, actions against many of us independent journalists working here. We need our colleagues of the Americas to state their support of our threatened but still viable project with a loud voice and firm resolve.

We, the journalists laboring inside Cuba, outside the state-controlled media, plead with the spokespersons of this hemisphere, under the auspices of the Inter-American Press Association, to carry out a continental drive to back our efforts this April. They should demand journalism which will remain truthful, honest and professional.

Raul Rivero Castanera, President of Cuba Free Press, an independent press agency.


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