The only crime committed by Cuban independent journalist and blogger Angel Santiesteban was to write critical articles about the repressive and violent Castro dictatorship. For his valiant effort to expose the atrocities of the tyranny that oppresses the Cuban people, Santiesteban was hit with trumped up charges of domestic violence and sentenced to five years in a Castro gulag. Nevertheless, not even the threat of prison can silence Santiesteban, who continues to confront the dictatorship that is trying by any means necessary to silence him.
“I am innocent. In the trial, there was no proof against me… only a Lieutenant Colonel said that because of the size of my handwriting and because of my inclination I am guilty.”
To almost everyone’s surprise, Andrea Rodriguez and the AP apparently took some time off from writing all the glowing articles praising dictator Raul Castro for his wondrous reforms and picked up on the story about Santiesteban:
Cuba writer seeks support against criminal case
HAVANA (AP) — A little-known Cuban writer and blogger sentenced to five years in prison for domestic violence has been campaigning for weeks to convince others that the charges are politically motivated, accusing fellow intellectuals of staying silent for fear of reprisals.
Some dissidents have rallied to Angel Santiesteban’s cause and it has been taken up by U.S. government broadcaster Radio Marti but others on the island say they are reticent to get involved in a case that is not clear-cut and involves a real-life alleged victim.
“A little-known Cuban writer and blogger…” Gee, I wonder why Angel Santiesteban is “little-known”?
Let me take a wild guess: Could it be because international news agencies with bureaus in Cuba, such as the AP, avoid reporting on dissidents so as not to offend the Cuban dictatorship?