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Posted February 08, 2011 by publisher in Yoani Sanchez

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Dissident blogger Yoani Sanchez said on Tuesday the Cuban government apparently has unblocked access to her blog, which had been off limits on the island’s Internet since 2008.

In a posting on Twitter, she wondered how long Cuban Internet users would be able to view her Generation Y blog, but exulted in the opening, however brief.

“In the long night of censorship, a small hole has opened. My blog Generation Y returns to the insular light,” the 35-year-old blogger said.

Her blog, which criticizes the Cuban system and the difficulties of daily life on the communist-led island, is little known in Cuba, where Internet access is limited, but she has an international audience.

Sanchez has become the new face of political opposition in Cuba, replacing an old guard less conversant in new technologies, and she has earned the enmity of the Cuban government, which frequently criticizes her on its websites.

She was mentioned prominently last week in a leaked videotape of a government meeting about the Internet as the new battlefield in Cuba’s ongoing ideological conflict with the United States.

Sanchez has won a number of international prizes and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2008.

Her blog is translated into 15 languages and she has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter.

A Cuban government official did not respond to questions about why Sanchez’s blog has been unblocked, but it came as Cuba hosted the Informatica conference.

(Reporting by Nelson Acosta and Esteban Israel; Editing by Jeff Franks and Paul Simao)

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As a long time support of Yoani Sanchez, we welcome this news. Of course we’d like to see the reasons that it was blocked in the first place. HavanaJournal.com was blocked in Cuba for many years.

  1. Follow up post #1 added on February 14, 2011 by Yeyo with 411 total posts

    Let’s see for how long.
    The Castro regime cannot subsist with freedom of expressions.

  2. Follow up post #2 added on February 21, 2011 by Hector Martinez

    Yoani you are beautiful;
    50 years es una larga lucha.
    Podemos ayudar a que terminen con Chavez.
    SI; la clae;
    Tocar el orgullo del Venezolano.
    Te esta vendiendo el Pais, estas contento con Rusos, Iranies y Cubanos invadiendo el pais.
    caera si derramamientos de sangre por el orgullo de defender al pais.
    Puede esto llegar a los estudiantes Venezolanos?

  3. Follow up post #3 added on February 28, 2011 by Soy_Gallega

    Bueno, me alegro por Yoani, y por nosotros los que la seguimos.  A ver cuanto dura esto… y espero que no le den mas golpes tampoco a esta chica tan valiente.  Saludos desde la U.S.A.!

  4. Follow up post #4 added on August 26, 2011 by Barbara

    I read your book Havana Real, Couldn’t put the book down. To tell you the truth I cried through the whole book specially page 6.(The rationed Card) I remember the one my mother had. I’m 47 years old and I’ve never stepped back in Cuba, and probably never will until the communist regine is completely out. I left when I was 6yrs old, but I will never forget my culture. As it is my kids who are american Citizens considere themselves more Cuban than anything. I’m sad that our culture is gone. Does anyone in Cuba believe in God at all? Prayers are powerful. Jesus Christ is a gentleman,and he doesn’t force himself upon anyone. How can we even begin to be Blessed even here in the United States as well when their trying to push God out of our existence, and our schools. GOD willing, because all things are possible with him Cuba will be free someday.

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