How will the peaceful protests in Cuba this November 15 be covered by the media?

There’s no doubt the communist Castro dictatorship will respond with violence when Cubans take to the streets on November 15 to demand freedom. But there is doubt if the international media will cover it.

Via the Cuba Archive Project:

How will the international press in Cuba cover November 15th?

In the 1990s, Cuba opened up to foreign investment and allowed more space for the media from “capitalist” countries. Today, according to the Cuban government, there are 150 correspondents accredited in Cuba representing 75 press outlets from 23 countries.[1] The vast majority come from democratic countries where freedom of the press is a fundamental right: 14 are from Spain, 8 from the United States, 6 from Germany, 6 from Italy, 4 from France, 4 from the United Kingdom, 3 from Japan, and an assortment It comes from Switzerland, Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico. Many of the most important news agencies in the world operate in Cuba, including AFP (Agence France Press), Ansa (Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata), AP (Associated Press), BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), EFE, EBU (European Broadcasting Union), DPA (Deutsche Presse-Agentur) and Reuters. The British newspaper The Guardian and large television networks such as France 24, CNN, ABC News, CBS News, and NBC News, are also in Cuba.

It has not been, then, a lacking presence what explains the generally biased and deficient media coverage of Cuba, particularly on health or living conditions to which so much propaganda has been given and on dissent or civic resistance in a country under totalitarian control for decades.

It is exceedingly rare to see media coverage of repression and its victims or of political prisoners, poverty and scarcity, military incursions and international subversion by Cuba, or anything else the Cuban government deems unfavorable. The excellent independent journalism from Cuba is almost completely ignored. What’s more, few international press reports refer to the regime as a dictatorship.

What abounds is the narrative the Cuban government feeds and endorses, usually focused on alleged business “opportunities,” “reforms,” political “transition,” old cars, beautiful beaches, and seductive music. Even buildings in ruins are mystically represented with photos of glamorous models.[2] Almost every news piece blames the U.S. “blockade” (emabrgo) for any or all evils.

This is all largely due to the fact that the Cuban regime, which has a monopoly over the national press and communications, has to date managed to successfully extend its control and censorship of foreign journalists. The International Press Center (CPI for its Spanish acronym), which operates within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Minrex), controls and directs the foreign press for the purposes of the Cuban state. According to its webpage, its mission is “to coordinate and integrate all processes related to Cuba’s communication policies and strategies towards the foreign press” in order to “be the main managers of the interests of the foreign press towards the organs and agencies of the State, as well as of the communication policies and strategies of these towards the foreign press.”[3]

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1 thought on “How will the peaceful protests in Cuba this November 15 be covered by the media?”

  1. Is that a trick question? The foreign media based on the island, which should obviously provide the best coverage, is known to be highly, uh, filtered, not to say neutered, I mean housebroken.

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