Sec. of State Pompeo calls on Cuba’s Castro dictatorship to release imprisoned independent journalist

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement on Wednesday condemning the imprisonment of Cuban independent journalist Roberto Quiñones and demanding the Castro dictatorship drop the charges against him.

Via National Review:

The U.S. on Wednesday urged Cuba to drop criminal charges against journalist Roberto Quiñones, who is facing a year in jail.

“We condemn the injustices committed against Cuban journalist Roberto Quiñones, arrested for reporting on Cuba’s repression of religious freedom,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday in a statement. “We will continue to use targeted sanctions to cut off resources from the Cuban regime which uses its income to repress its own people.”

Quiñones, a reporter for CubaNet, was detained in April while covering a trial in Guantanamo, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. He was charged with resistance and disobedience, and after he refused to pay the fine authorities demanded of him he was sentenced to a year in prison. He has appealed his sentence.

Under the communist Castro dictatorship, independent journalists in socialist Cuba risk prison and even death for reporting news unsupervised by the state’s censors.