Fuentes said that he never wanted
Fuentes, a freelance
reporter originally based in the city of
In July, the Catholic Church brokered an agreement with Cuban authorities to release 52 political prisoners who were arrested seven years ago, during a massive government crackdown on political dissent and independent journalism. Spanish government officials also participated in the talks.
All 17 of the reporters
released so far have been immediately flown to
Three journalists arrested
in the 2003 crackdown remain in jail, along with another journalist imprisoned
at a later time, CPJ research shows. The first three--including CPJ awardee Héctor Maseda--have already
expressed their desire to stay in
A story published in
September by the Madrid-based daily El
País quoted Spanish officials as saying that imprisoned reporters who
want to stay in
Below is a capsule report on Fuentes' case from CPJ's annual census of jailed journalists, conducted in December 2009.
Alfredo Felipe Fuentes,
Imprisoned: March 19, 2003
Fuentes, an economist by
training, began working for the Cuban independent press in 1991. On March 19,
2003, he was arrested after a raid on his home in the city of
The 60-year-old journalist was being held at the maximum-security Guanajay Prison, his wife, Loyda Valdés González, told CPJ. Valdés González, who is allowed to visit her husband only once every 45 days, said conditions at Guanajay were better than those at other prisons where he had been held. Due to his severe back problems, the reporter did not share a cell with other prisoners. Valdés González said her husband suffered from chronic gastritis that caused him to lose significant amounts of weight.
Valdés González told CPJ
that in December 2007, her husband presented an appeal to