Castro’s “Free Press”

In an act of boundless generosity, “Cuba Experts” have bestowed upon the criminal, repressive, and illegal Castro regime judicial legitimacy by continually pointing out that Alan Gross and USAID programs “violate the laws” of a regime that rules by decree. Perhaps these “Cuba Experts” will also find it in their hearts to offer the regime more of their endless charity by also proclaiming there is a “free press” in the Castro dictatorship.

If these experts have no issue legitimizing a criminal organization, they should also have no issue proclaiming there is “freedom of the press” in a country ruled by a regime that imprisons its own official journalists for being journalists.

Via DIARIO DE CUBA (My translation):

Journalist Rolando Ramos Junior (right), with Lázaro Expósito Canto, First Secretary of the PCC (Cuban Communist Party) in Santiago de Cuba and son-in-law of Raúl Castro.

A second official Castro journalist has been detained in Santiago de Cuba supposedly for “maintaining contact with athletes who have deserted,” and for collecting “graphic and audio/visual materials” about them.

According to sources close to the situation, sports commentator Rolando Ramos Jr., who worked for the provincial radio station CMKC, was detained by the political police and taken to Havana.

During the 1980s, Ramos covered the Santiago de Cuba baseball team and in the 90s he became a sports commentator.

His detainment is interpreted as “an attempt to set an example” for the journalistic sector to avoid “impudence” in the use of the internet, the system of communication most feared by the regime today.

The vast majority of official Castro regime journalists enjoy internet connections provided by the regime to “counter” critical messages.

Ramos Jr. was detained only a few days after José Antonio Torres Fernández, a correspondent for the Granma newspaper in Santiago de Cuba, who the regime has accused of being an “agent for the CIA.”