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Posted April 19, 2007 by publisher in Cuba Human Rights

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Associated Press

The Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday denounced the arrest and sentencing of an independent Cuban journalist who wrote critical articles about dissident groups and the hardships of island life.

Oscar Sanchez Madan, 44, was arrested April 13 and tried and sentenced to four years in prison that same day for the vaguely worded charge of “social dangerousness,” said veteran human rights activist Elizardo Sanchez, basing his report on information from Oscar Sanchez’s family in the central province of Matanzas.

Joel Simon, executive director of the New York-based press advocacy group said in a statement Thursday that, “it is outrageous that Cuba has once again thrown a journalist in jail after a summary trial or a trumped up charge.”

“We call on Cuban authorities to release Sanchez Madan immediately, as well as the other 24 independent journalists unjustly imprisoned on the island today.”

Elizardo Sanchez, who is not related to Oscar Sanchez, said the trial was “summary and secret, without the presence of relatives or defense attorney.”

He said the arrest brought to 25 the number of independent journalists now held in Cuban prisons. His Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation has tracked political prisoners on the island for many years.

The Cuban government has not commented on the case.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on April 20, 2007 by Pete Chavez

    From an earlier and now closed thread no thanks to crazy Don,

    “Sticking up for Cuba is an admirable thing to do and you have a few minor valid points but if you know what I know you would understand the real Cuba.
    That’s about all I can say.
    PS I am not Cuban and do not have any Cuban relatives so I don’t have any “baggage”.

    The comment you posted above is most definitely not taken out of context.  So I will tell you that your lack of Cubaness does not make you a better judge of what is fair or not fair about the Cuban system.  If anything your use of the word “baggage” (in spite of the lucid and sober opinions in which within I find that it was espoused) specifically implies a certain superiority of judgement over anyone bearing a Cuban birthplace in their passport.  A statement like that works contrary to your stance that you have expertise in Cuban affairs (not to mention a rather insultingly patronizing remark to make about any Cuban with a political opinion!).

  2. Follow up post #2 added on April 20, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Point taken.

    By “baggage” I was referring to the old Cuban American exiles who can see no Plan B for the Embargo but I guess I also mean “baggage” in the sense that I was not raised under Fidel Castro so I am not predisposed to see him as my leader.

    I certainly didn’t mean to say that my lack of “baggage” put me in a more superior position. I just wanted to get the point across that I can think clearly and not be irrationally pro-Bush, anti-Bush, pro-Castro or anti-Castro.

    Thanks for making your point.

    All opinions are welcomed here.

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  3. Follow up post #3 added on April 20, 2007 by Pete Chavez

    I would qualify you as a “DISINTERESTED PARTY” and the rest of us Cubans (with a handfull of American Corporations that lost property and investments) as “INTERESTED PARTIES”  Why the editorial slurs like “old,” “baggage,”  and
    “irrational” to describe one side of the opposition.  Language is important.  Do you think only new injustices merit examination and rectification? I am certainly not trying to police anyone.  I would just like for you to reflect on this viewpoint/tactic that somehow old means baggage, too long ago, get over it, not worth seeking justice for.  Try telling that to all the people in the world that we are currently in a pickle with for all wrongdoings our past governments have commited against them 40/50/60 years ago.  You tell me what makes you think post revolutionary exiles aren’t entitled to their need for justice like anyone else.  And I’ll end my posting here, I know that the article above is the actual subject at hand not the thread you had closed.

  4. Follow up post #4 added on April 20, 2007 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Thank you for your thoughts about staying on topic. I appreciate that and I would like to stay on topic, especially for a humanitarian thread like this.

    With that said, I will reply to your question my use of the term baggage and old exiles.

    My answer is YES, get over it. Now I know you will have something to say about that so give me a few minutes. I am going to start a new thread posting just that question. So, don’t reply here, I will explain myself.

    Look for the post “Should old Cuban exiles “get over it”? and comment there.

    Let’s keep this article on topic about Mr. Madan.

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