Cuban dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez has added more destinations to her first trip outside of Cuba since the Castro dictatorship granted her permission to leave the island. In addition to Mexico and New York City, Sanchez anticipates visiting Washington D.C. and various European nations as well. Also mentioned was a stop in Miami, which has the largest population of Cubans exiles in the world and where most of Sanchez’s support resides. Her Miami visit, however, is currently being described only as a private visit with her sister.
Yoani Sánchez to begin foreign tour in March
Yoani Sánchez, the dissident Cuban blogger who has developed an international following, will begin a series of foreign trips and presentations March 9.
Sánchez, who had repeatedly been denied an exit visa under Cuba’s old travel regime, begins her travels with a trip to the Mexican state of Puebla where she will participate in a forum on the situation inside Cuba and her efforts to combat censorship. It’s part of the Inter American Press Association’s biannual meeting.
Several days ago Sánchez said she may travel to Spain where she received, in absentia, the Ortega and Gasset Prize for digital journalism in 2008, and to Germany. Other possible destinations are Italy, the Czech Republic, Poland and Switzerland where she lived from 2002 to 2004.
The blogger will be in New York March 15-17 for a forum entitled “The Revolution Recodified: Digital Culture and the Public Sphere in Cuba,’’ which is sponsored by a group of cultural and academic institutions, according to the website CaféFuerte. Her U.S. trip also includes a press conference at New York University on March 15, various seminars hosted by academic institutions, a two-day trip to Washington and a private meeting with her sister who lives in South Florida.