#FreeThePress: State Department Recognizes Cuban Independent Journalist

Thursday, May 1, 2014
In the week leading up to World Press Freedom Day on May 3, the U.S. Department of State highlights emblematic threats to journalists while continuing to call on all governments to protect the universal human right to freedom of expression.

Among the featured journalists is:

Roberto de Jesus Guerra

Roberto de Jesus Guerra is an activist, blogger, human rights defender, and Director of the independent Hablemos Press. Independent press remains illegal in Cuba, and independent journalists reporting for Hablemos Press constantly face numerous challenges in their efforts to report on activism and the human rights situation on the island, due to the Cuban government’s use of short term detentions, blocking of new media, and monopoly on traditional media. Guerra alone has been detained over 100 times for his efforts to freely share information.

We call on the Government of Cuba to end its use of arbitrary detentions, at times with violence, to silence independent voices and unduly restrict freedom of expression and of the press.