Fired from her job for searching information on the internet and publishing opinion articles
A new blow to freedom of expression. A contributor to the independent website Havana Times, Daisy Valera, claims she has been fired from her job for conducting internet searches on Cuba from her place of work as well as publishing opinion articles regarding the reality of life in her country.
The 25-year-old Valera details her situation in a new article published in Havana Times. “They have snooped around my emails from the few times I access the internet and have been able to get me fired using their churlish computer regulations.”
The young woman explains the reasons given were because she was “undisciplined,” although she could have been “forgiven for spending five of her 8 work hours watching movies, chatting, or finding out which exercises to do in order to get rid of cellulite.”
Nevertheless, “searching for information on the Cuban reality or writing or talking about the topic is too much: that is a serious act of indiscipline.” Now, she says she will “have to struggle for a new job with the same people who a year and nine months ago told me that although I am a nuclear chemist, I could never have a job in that field because of my faulty characteristics.” Those characteristics, she concludes, “are nothing more than writing on this webpage [Havana Times] what I find interesting and what worries me about my country. That is unforgivable.”