Cuba block blogger from receiving award

This should be no surprise to anyone. The Cuban government does not tolerate dissent and it does not tolerate those who support dissenters.

For journalists and free speech advocates Cuba is surpassed only by China in terms of the numbers  arrested and jailed. But once you look at per-capita numbers Cuba is #1.

One of these days the mystique of Cuba will wear off. I am tired of hearing people talk about the high literacy rate in Cuba as something grand. Yes, it is good that 99% of the people can read and write. But what good does that really do if you are restricted on what you can read and write?

Cuba stops blogger traveling to NYC to accept prize

Tue Oct 13, 2009 5:02pm EDT

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cuba will not allow dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez to travel to the United States to receive a journalism prize, Columbia University said on Tuesday.

Sanchez, 34, whose “Generacion Y” blog (www.desdecuba.com/generaciony) is critical of Cuba’s one-party Communist government, was due to receive the university’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize on Wednesday in New York.

The prize honors journalists covering the Western Hemisphere whose work has furthered inter-American understanding.

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