Ricardo González Alfonso

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Blog   |   Cuba, Journalist Assistance, Spain

Expelled from Cuba jails, journalists languish in Spain

Ricardo González Alfonso (left) and Julio César Gálvez Rodríguez at a press conference in Vallecas in July 2010. (AFP/Dominique Faget)

In 2010, following midsummer negotiations between the Catholic Church and the government of President Raúl Castro, Cuban authorities began releasing imprisoned journalists, sending them into forced exile with their families. In April 2011, the last of more than 20 journalists arrived in Spain. They had been granted liberty and respite, and were promised support from Spanish authorities while they settled into the new country. But almost two years after the first crop of journalists arrived in Spain, the four who remain in the country are living under extremely difficult conditions, struggling even to feed themselves.

Alerts   |   Cuba

Jailed Cuban journalists to be flown to Spain, reports say

The Ladies in White, wives and mothers of Cuban political prisoners, kneel outside a Havana church on Sunday. (AP/Javier Galeano)

New York, July 12, 2010—Imprisoned Cuban journalists are expected to be among a group of political prisoners to be released tonight and put on a flight to Spain, where they are due to arrive on Tuesday morning, according to international press reports and CPJ interviews. The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes news of their scheduled release and urged Cuban authorities today to free all journalists who remain in jail.

Attacks on the Press   |   Cuba

Attacks on the Press 2009: Cuba

Top Developments
• Vibrant blogging culture emerges despite severe Internet restrictions.
• Jailed journalists suffer amid inhumane conditions.

Key Statistic
22: Reporters and editors in jail as of December 1.


Cuba was hit hard by the global economic crisis and endured an upheaval in its highest offices, but state-controlled news media delivered superficial and skewed coverage. Human rights conditions, including press freedom, remained at a standstill: Independent journalists faced ongoing harassment, and more than 20 reporters and editors remained in jail. But offering a flicker of hope for freedom of expression on the island, a growing community of independent bloggers maneuvered around legal, economic, and technological limitations to describe everyday experiences and express opinions that challenged the regime’s perspective.

December 8, 2009 12:00 PM ET

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Blog   |   Cuba

Hopeless, a sister visits her imprisoned brother in Havana

Ricardo González Alfonso is jailed in this Cuban prison. (AP/Jose Goitia)

Graciela González-Degard is 72 years old. She has salt-and-pepper hair, long elegant hands, soft manners reminiscent of another era, and a bad knee that she blames on age. Once a Catholic nun, Graciela moved to the United States from Havana in the 1960s and now lives in New York with her husband. She teaches children with special needs.

August 26, 2009 12:53 PM ET

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Blog   |   CPJ, Cuba

Exiled Cuban journalist speaks at Spain 'Attacks' launch

The utility company had just cut off the electricity supply to his house. Darkness and shadows were back in Alejandro Gonzalez Raga's life. His rented apartment in Madrid--shared with his wife, siblings, and in-laws--was as devoid of light as the Cuban cells in which he was jailed for five years after Castro´s "Ofensiva 2" operation in March 2003, also known as the "Black Spring." Even so, Gonzalez Raga came to the presentation of Attacks on the Press 2008 at the Madrid Press Association.

February 11, 2009 12:50 PM ET

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Blog   |   CPJ, Cuba

Exiled Cuban journalist speaks at Spain 'Attacks' launch

The utility company had just cut off the electricity supply to his house. Darkness and shadows were back in Alejandro Gonzalez Raga's life. His rented apartment in Madrid--shared with his wife, siblings, and in-laws--was as devoid of light as the Cuban cells in which he was jailed for five years after Castro´s "Ofensiva 2" operation in March 2003, also known as the "Black Spring." Even so, Gonzalez Raga came to the presentation of Attacks on the Press 2008 at the Madrid Press Association.

February 11, 2009 12:50 PM ET

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December 4, 2008 9:28 AM ET

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Dangerous Assignments   |   Cuba

Cuba's Long Black Spring

Five years after the Castro government cracked down on the independent press, more than 20 journalists remain behind bars for the crime of free expression.

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