By: The Associated Press
30/06/2010 6:50 AM
MADRID - Amnesty International says Cuba is stepping up repression of
independent media as journalists try to report on a country eager for
change now that longtime ruler Fidel Castro has been replaced by his
The New York-based human rights group says this year has been
particularly bad for independent media, which tried to cover street
protests in support of jailed political prisoners, only to be detained
or otherwise prevented from doing their jobs.
Amnesty International's deputy director for the Americas, Kerrie Howard,
said her organization has seen "a wave" of harassment and arbitrary
detention of independent journalists in Cuba.
She spoke Wednesday as the group issued a report on freedom of
expression in the Communist-run country.