By John Slattery
group Reporters Without Borders is campaigning for the release of 21
Cuban journalists who have been imprisoned since a crackdown on
dissidents and the media in 2003.
Two years after “Black Spring”
in Cuba, in which 75 dissidents and journalists were arrested on 18
March 2003, RWB is calling for the broadest possible support for the
prisoners of conscience.
It said in a statement: “Cuba’s
independent press remains the target of constant censorship and threats
by the authorities. We continue to condemn the summary trials and
excessive sentences, ranging from 14 to 27 years in prison, imposed on
journalists whose only crime has been to practice their trade and think
differently from the authorities.”
RWB is launching a new
awareness campaign using cinema, radio, posters, postcards and press
inserts. Conceived by the Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency, the
campaign will highlight two contrasting images of Cuba – the idyllic
scenes that attract tourists, and the prisons that house the opponents
of Fidel Castro’s regime.