dissident\s new digital newspaper blocked in cuba
Last Updated : GMT 07:19:21
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Dissident\'s new digital newspaper blocked in Cuba

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Dissident\'s new digital newspaper blocked in Cuba

Havana - AFP

Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez launched a new digital newspaper Wednesday, with hopes of making it Cuba's first independent news outlet in 50 years, but it was blocked in the communist-ruled island almost immediately. Curious Cubans trying to link to Sanchez's "14ymedio" site were redirected to another page, Yoanislandia.com, filled with attacks on the prize-winning writer and pieces by pro-government bloggers. "This is a site of people sick of Yoani Sanchez presenting herself as the Mother Teresa of the Cuban dissidents," the replacement site said in its "about us" tab. Sanchez launched her new site at 8:05 am (1205 GMT), promising to offer Cubans "a complete spectrum of news, opinion pieces and information" about life on the island. But by 11 am (1500 GMT) it had been blocked inside Cuba, where the state has controlled all media since the early days of the 1959 revolution that brought Fidel Castro to power. Noted figures from around the world, including Nobel prize-winning writer Mario Vargas Llosa and Polish Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa, urged the government to "respect the right" of the newspaper to exist, in a letter posted on the site. Sanchez assembled a newsroom of 11 journalists, including herself, in Havana to produce the news site. Her husband, Reinaldo Escobar, is editor-in-chief. 14ymedio was seen as a potential game changer in the media landscape here, since Cubans for decades have had just one official source of news -- the Havana government. The dozens of media outlets include Granma, the newspaper of the Communist party, Juventud Rebelde, published by the Union of Young Communists and broadcaster Telerebelde -- all emitting a similar pro-Communist message, and rarely offering even mild criticism of the government. But the government of President Raul Castro has embarked on a raft of incremental reforms that is cautiously opening up the island, a trend which raised hopes for the new venture. Sanchez has said that the newspaper would also be distributed via cellphone and email, as well as through digital memory devices like USB flash drives, DVDs and CDs. "14ymedio stems from of the evolution of a personal journey, but it has turned into a collective venture," Sanchez wrote on the site Wednesday. "14ymedio.com has been my obsession for more than four years," she added. "Today I've achieved a dream... a journalistic space where I will be joined by many of my colleagues." The reporting on its first day ranged from the mundane -- tips on restoring lost luster to damaged hair -- to an article on a Catholic conclave currently meeting on the island. An analysis piece, meanwhile, discussed the impact so far of Castro's reforms. There was also a cultural calendar, listing events in music, film and dance that Cubans might want to attend. The newspaper's name, which means 14 and a half, is a mixture of references. The 14 refers to both the year of its founding and the 14th floor apartment where Sanchez lives and works. The "y" alludes to her Generacion Y blog, and "medio" is a play on the Spanish word for media. Despite the block on Cuban users, Sanchez's site quickly boasted a feature that Cubans are unaccustomed to in the official media -- lively debate between supporters and detractors of the Revolution. In its comments section, 14ymedio displayed a range of opinions posted by early readers about the importance of the new venture, and discussion about the role of Communism in present-day Cuba. One poster, under the name "Fernando," slammed the fledgling publication, which he said had been "financed by the CIA and the US, through its network of NGOs spread throughout the world." But someone writing under the name "Siempre Adelante," -- Always Forward -- rejected what he dismissed as Fernando's "retrograde" conspiracy theories. "I wish there were millions of Yoanis who would disseminate the real TRUTH!!" Siempre Adelante wrote.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

dissident\s new digital newspaper blocked in cuba dissident\s new digital newspaper blocked in cuba

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

dissident\s new digital newspaper blocked in cuba dissident\s new digital newspaper blocked in cuba

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today The Rake announces editorial updates

GMT 12:19 2018 Tuesday ,16 January

The Rake announces editorial updates
Arab Today, arab today Emirates throws Airbus A380 a lifeline

GMT 03:28 2018 Sunday ,21 January

Emirates throws Airbus A380 a lifeline
Arab Today, arab today Modern colorful bedroom renovation

GMT 11:23 2017 Thursday ,21 December

Modern colorful bedroom renovation
Arab Today, arab today Honduras roads blocked in protests

GMT 05:32 2018 Sunday ,21 January

Honduras roads blocked in protests
Arab Today, arab today Facebook to let users rank 'trust'

GMT 04:26 2018 Sunday ,21 January

Facebook to let users rank 'trust'
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

GMT 07:22 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Zimbabwe's next leader heads home after Mugabe exit

GMT 07:23 2017 Thursday ,23 November

Zimbabwe's next leader heads home after Mugabe exit

GMT 16:25 2016 Thursday ,22 December

Italian bank Monte Paschi edges closer to state bailout

GMT 09:12 2017 Friday ,17 November

Gleam Futures represents Grace Beverley

GMT 06:03 2014 Wednesday ,09 April

Please .. Let Gaza breathe!

GMT 04:18 2017 Sunday ,26 November

Bella magazine appoints celebrity writer

GMT 16:08 2017 Tuesday ,24 October

Glamour fashion editor goes freelance

GMT 06:00 2017 Sunday ,29 October

Childrenswear brand Once appoints Dyelog

GMT 16:33 2014 Thursday ,13 November

Al-Ehtimam Bil Aakhareen

GMT 03:34 2017 Sunday ,05 November

Needle & Thread relocates press office

GMT 04:30 2017 Sunday ,22 October

Miista appoints IPR London

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Blogger seeks male beauty boxes for Christmas Gift

GMT 15:12 2017 Saturday ,14 October

Christmas Gift Guide - My Girls On Tour

GMT 15:24 2017 Thursday ,05 October

A.F.VANDEVORST appoints SPRING London
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday