New call to release Cuba’s jailed journalists, reports Knight Center for Journalism

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The International Press Institute has called on the Cuban government to free 22 jailed journalists, almost all of whom have been imprisoned since 2003, the Spanish-language news agency EFE reports.
The Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas blog writes that ‘a report by the United Nations Human Rights Council praised Cuba for its successes in promoting the right to education, food, and health care but criticized it for restricting freedom of expression. The IPI commended the council for airing those concerns but worried that the report effectively minimized freedom of expression and the press as fundamental human rights.’

“Cuba’s suppression of dissenting voices, thoroughly and systematically carried out for so many years, strongly affects our ability to understand and assess the situation in the country,” the director of the International Press Institute said.

Read more about journalism in the Americas on the Knight Center blog.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City