The Cowardice of Havana’s News Bureaus
The Cowardice of Havana's News Bureaus
It's fascinating to watch the courage with which the AP and other news agencies have (rightfully) challenged the intimidation and attack on speech by the Obama Administration's Justice Department.
Yet, simultaneously, the cowardice with which the AP and some of the same news bureaus act in Havana towards the Castro dictatorship.
This week, Havana's foreign correspondents have spent most their time and resources focused on an Australian swimmer that unsuccessfully tried to cross the Florida Straits.
Then, the AP switched to a story about Cuban scientists expressing concern about climate change damage to Cuba's coastal towns.
(Of course, no mention of the ecological disaster being reaped on Cuba's coastline by Castro's military, in conjunction with Brazil's Odebrecht. Kudos to The Miami Herald.)
Yet not one word about the multiple human tragedies currently taking place in Cuba.
First and foremost among these, the imminent death of a Cuban democracy activist, Luis Enrique Santos, who is on a hunger strike protesting being evicted from his home for his political activities.
Sadly, this isn't new.
Sure, maybe the Castro regime will get upset at the AP and the other news bureaus for reporting on these courageous democracy activists.
But at least they'd be standing for free speech and against intimidation, as they so courageously do here.