U.S. editors meet with Cuban independent journalists
HAVANA, April 11 (Ernesto Roque Cintero / www.cubanet.org) - Eleven editors
from the Associated Press news service met with three Cuban independent
journalists in Havana.
The U.S. editors, who arrived in Cuba after touring Mexico, wanted to know about
the independent's working conditions, especially after the repressive wave
launched by the Cuban government in March last year.
The visitors also asked about how the independent journalists dispatch their
stories and about the access ordinary Cubans have to them, about the journalists
problems getting professional training and the difficulties they experience with
One of the Cuban independent journalists present, Anna Veitía, said: "We
hope the people of the U. S. and Canada learn the reality of the situation in
Cuba from the newspapers the A P editors represent, and that similar visits may
take place periodically."
After meeting with the independent journalists, the U. S. editors met with Cuban
foreign minister Felipe Pérez, and with the president of the National Assembly,
Ricardo Alarcón, who told them about the imprisonment of the 75 journalists and
dissidents last year: "the internal security of the country is more
important that our image abroad."