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Laritza Diversent

Laritza Diversent, a lawyer and prominent Cuban blogger, is a contributor to the CPJ Blog.

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For bloggers, Cuba remains a dark corner

Another year has passed and we are now remembering the seventh anniversary of the Black Spring. After seven years, have there been any changes? Yes and no. Law 88, a provision calling for the protection of Cuba’s national independence, is still in force. Known as the gag law, it is used to silence Cuban citizens, most notoriously in the cases of dozens of dissidents and journalists jailed for expressing their ideas freely in 2003.

March 18, 2010 9:53 AM ET

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The alternative Cuban blogosphere

At the end of the 1990s, Cuban dissidents sought out different media to disseminate the reality of the island. Reports on violations by a government that proclaims itself a human rights’ defender begin to circulate around the world, damaging the image that the socialist state wants to project to the rest of the world. This is how a movement of independent journalists is born on the island.

September 10, 2009 12:04 AM ET

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A Cuban blogger confronts 'silent repression'

Why write a blog? My reasons might not be convincing, but to me, they are enough. The most important paper in my country is Granma, the official organ of the Communist Party in Cuba. You open it, you read it, and you don't see anything. Nothing about the day that we are living in the island. It's a piece of paper that does not say who we are. That's why I write a blog; because I want to reflect my part of Cuba

April 30, 2009 4:09 PM ET

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