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Cuban government steps up campaign against independent media

File photo of a man in Havana reading the state-controlled newspaper Juventud Rebelde in 2001.
File photo of a man in Havana reading the state-controlled newspaper Juventud Rebelde in 2001. AP

The recent dismissal of two young Cuban journalists and a call to expel a foreign correspondent from the island are fueling a debate about censorship and freedom of expression in Cuba, as the state's media monopoly for the first time faces competition from independent digital outlets.

When news broke on the death of the Miami Marlins' Cuban-born star pitcher José Fernández, for example, several independent media prominently displayed reports on the boating accident. The official media, however, remained largely silent — its typical treatment of sports figures it brands as “deserters.”

The scant coverage of the official news media — Cubadebate and at least one radio sportscaster reported the death — was all the more conspicuous precisely because of the recent expansion of access to the internet, which allows Cubans to read and view foreign news reports and independent media based in Cuba.

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