Appeal to Castro

Cuba’s President Fidel Castro has been urged to release at least 24 jailed journalists, including three who have been on hunger strike since 18 October.

The calls have come from the World Association of Newspapers and the World Editors Forum.

The three hunger strikers – Mario Enrique Mayo, director of the independent press agency Félix Varela, Adolfo Fernández Saíz, a journalist with Patria Independent Agency, and Iván Hernández Carrillo, also a journalist with PIA – began the hunger strike to protest against the holding of Carrillo in a punishment cell.

“We are particularly concerned about the poor physical condition of Mr Mayo, Mr Saíz and Mr Carrillo, who have already been weakened by a previous hunger strike,” the WAN and the WEF said in a letter to Castro, which called for the immediate release of the journalists.

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