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Cuban journalist arrested for second time in a month

Cuban for second time in a month
Published on October 4, 2014

HAVANA, Cuba (RSF) — The National Revolutionary in Cuba have
arrested and threatened Bernardo Arévalo for the
second time in a less than month. This time they arrested both him and
his wife as they were travelling to the northern province of Matanzas on
28 September.

They held Arévalo for two hours, forced him to undress, took his USB
flash drive with four articles he had written for El Cubano Libre de
Hoy, and threatened him with a four-year jail sentence if he did not
stop writing for this independent publication, which the police call

When the police arrested him in similar circumstances on 6 September,
they threatened him with imprisonment if he did not leave Cuba. Arévalo
spent six years as a , from 1997 to 2003, after being
convicted of insulting and then vice- Carlos Lage

“After two arrests in less than a month, we are very concerned about the
situation of Bernardo Arévalo, who has already said he is determined not
to leave Cuba,” said Reporters Without Borders deputy programme director
Virginie Dangles. “We urge the Cuban government to put a stop to these
arbitrary arrests and all the other methods it uses to intimidate
independent journalists.”

Ricardo Sánchez Tamayo, a journalist based in the southeastern city of
Bayamo who reports for Hablemos Press, a Havana-based independent news
agency, was arrested on 13 September and held for 48 hours for
circulating the Hablemos Press newspaper locally.

The agency’s editor, Roberto de Jesús Guerra, was himself held for five
hours at Havana’s international on his return from Panama on 30
September. officials confiscated a digital recorder from him.

Four journalists are currently detained in Cuba. They include Juliet
Michelena Díaz, who has been held since 7 April without any decision
being taken on her case by a court.

Cuba is ranked 170th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without
Borders press index – the lowest position of any country in the

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