Cuba has released a dissident reporter who spent nearly two years in prison for joining an anti-government protest, an opposition group said on Wednesday.
Roberto de Jesus Guerra, who reported for US-based Web sites, was freed on Tuesday, the group Assembly to Promote Civil Society said in a statement.
The 28-year-old dissident was arrested on July 13, 2005, during protests marking the anniversary of the 1994 drowning of 37 people who tried to leave for the United States in a tugboat that was rammed and sunk by the Cuban coast guard.
He was held without trial until February this year, when he was sentenced to 22 months in prison for disorderly conduct in public.
Twenty dissidents have been released from prison since ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro handed over power to his brother, Raul, nine months ago, according to the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation.
The commission, which is illegal but tolerated by the communist state, estimates that 280 Cubans are in prison for political reasons.
The one-party government has virtually no tolerance for dissent and calls opposition critics mercenaries on Washington’s payroll.
Before his arrest, Guerra wrote for a Web site run by Cuban exiles from Miami, and contributed to Radio Marti, an anti-Castro radio station funded by the US government.
The press watchdog Reporters Without Borders, based in Paris, said 25 dissident reporters are in prison in Cuba.