Dodd and Lugar Ignore Cuba's Imprisoned Journalists

Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Despite a reminder last week from Capitol Hill Cubans and the advocacy of the Committee to Protect Journalists, the PEN Club, etc, World Press Freedom Day came and went yesterday -- May 3rd -- with no plea for Cuba's imprisoned journalists from the Senate Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press, Senators Chris Dodd of Connecticut and Richard Lugar of Indiana.
 
Unfortunately, Senators Dodd and Lugar have chosen only to speak about Cuba in the context of criticizing U.S. policy, but failed to do so on behalf of the freedom of the numerous journalists imprisoned by the Cuban regime.

Fortunately, the House Co-Chair of the Caucus, Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana did not forget and made the following observation on the House floor:

"In every corner of the globe – from Iran to Zimbabwe, Burma to Pakistan, Cuba and Venezuela – there are journalists being actively harassed and exercising self-censorship because of threats and intimidation from repressive regimes."