Fighting against Cuban censorship
Fighting Against Cuban Censorship
Social Activist Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo speaks at Kean University
In recent years, with the advancements in technology and the high speed of spreading information, the world has become more connected than ever. The transferring of information has had huge benefits for society, but with all of this sharing; the powers that be feel the need to censor. Here in the United States, censorship is not nearly as strict as it is in other countries. Countries like that of Cuba have some of the most intense censorship laws in the entire western hemisphere. Their censorship of newspapers, music, television, books, and especially the internet have earned Cuba the lowest ranking when it comes to freedom of press.
On Wednesday, October 16, 2013 Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, visited Kean University to spoke about the censorship in Cuba. A social activist, author, blogger, photographer, and journalist, Lazo promoted his culture while hoping to spread the word and change the future for the Cuban people.
Lazo’s photo blog which he calls a “Bridge of Pixels” captures moments through his eyes. His photos represent his creativity and what he wants the world to see. His pride for Cuba is shown throughout these photos. Audience member Daisy Luiz, a senior communications major stated, “I was so interested to attend this lecture. I am a communications student and I came to hear Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo speak about his culture.”
Lazo went on to explain that Cuba has limited access to the internet. Internet privileges are normally only used by the non-citizens of Cuba, and with strict censorship laws, even the news is suppressed. If that was not bad enough, the internet in Cuba is also one of the most expensive in the world. It costs four times the average annual salary to have internet in Cuba.
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