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Posted May 09, 2009 by publisher in Castro's Cuba

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(Original title: Fidel Castro defends Cuba’s state-controlled press)

By WILL WEISSERT | AP

Fidel Castro defended Cuba’s government-controlled press Friday, arguing that news coverage is manipulated by those wealthy enough to finance newsgathering even in countries guaranteeing press freedom.

In a column posted on a state Web site, the 82-year-old ex-president wrote that “today, only through gigantic investments can you provide centers that produce the news for the whole planet.”

“And only those who manage them decide what gets reported and how it gets reported,” he said.

In Cuba, all television, radio, newspapers, magazines and publishing houses are state-owned, and severe limits on private ownership and enterprise ban competing with official propaganda.

The Internet is also strictly controlled, and while a small number of Cuban bloggers with illegal Web access express their opinions openly, most do not enjoy as wide followings on the island as legions of official bloggers who repeat the government’s line.

Some military and government officials are allowed Internet access and Castro has become an official blogger of sorts recently, almost every day posting online a column that is subsequently read on state radio and television and published in official newspapers.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on May 09, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Pretty sad really.

    Does anyone even care what Fidel has to say anymore?



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  2. Follow up post #2 added on May 09, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    He’s never had it so good.

    He gets to write whatever he wants and no one, including Raul can challenge him on it and he doesn’t have to go out in public or be responsible for governing or answering to the Cuban people… not that he ever was anyway.



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  3. Follow up post #3 added on May 10, 2009 by grant with 48 total posts

    Gets your goat eh!Only independent unbiased sources such as yourself can be trusted. Remember the Maine.


  4. Follow up post #4 added on May 10, 2009 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    You’re right.

    The Granma is much more trustworthy. Better to have all reporters working for the state with their jobs depending upon how nice their articles are to the Cuban government.

    Right. That really brings out the truth.

    Grant, don’t be an ass.



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