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Posted May 30, 2006 by publisher in Cuba Human Rights

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CPJ.com Committee to Protect Journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the detention of independent Cuban journalist Armando Betancourt who was arrested a week ago while covering the evictions of dozens of families from their homes in the central city of Camag�ey, sources told CPJ.

On May 23, authorities forcefully evicted families allegedly occupying homes illegally, according to local sources. Betancourt, a reporter for the news agency Nueva Prensa Cubana in Camag�ey, was arrested along with several people who were protesting the evictions, a relative told CPJ. The journalist did not participate in the protests, according to several sources.

At the time of the arrest, Betancourt identified himself as a journalist, sources told CPJ. The journalist handed over his notes before he was pushed into a truck and taken into custody, they said

The journalist is being held at a local police station on the outskirts of Camag�ey, CPJ sources said. Authorities confirmed the detention to a family member on May 24, but relatives have not been allowed to visit him, a relative said. Police told Betancourt’s family that the journalist would be charged with aggravated public disturbance and could be sentenced to prison.

“We are outraged by the arrest of our colleague who was arbitrarily detained solely for doing his job,” CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper said. “We call on Cuban authorities to immediately release Betancourt and the other 24 journalists who are currently imprisoned.”

  1. Follow up post #1 added on June 01, 2006 by Ralph

    THat is not just sadly but ludicrous,HOwever,It is thought that FARIÑAS, a
    Psycologist by training and dissident by convictions is on the verge to die
    after 4 months of being fed by cathether,because his claims of the cuban
    government allows the free use of internet.That is outrageous,who could
    say something to uphold the cuban government stance?

  2. Follow up post #2 added on June 02, 2006 by Ralph

    To the best of my knowledges,here in Europe,it is said to be that the cuban government is preparing for the situation of GUILLERMO FARIÑAS,he is thought to be very ill and on the brink of death.I am asking to the Tide Foundation its oxymoron? The sad fact is GUILLERMO FARIÑAS a decent cuban is going to die just for asking the right of the cuban people to have FREE ACCESS to the Web.
    Could somebody even under the Castro Payroll support this criminal stance?

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