Rob Sequin | Havana Journal

I haven’t posted much about Yoani Sanchez for a long time since she is making the main stream news so often, I figured anyone interested can read about her or follow her Twitter feed.

Of course there is her Generation Y blog in English and Generación Y en español.

If you support her efforts, you can visit her help page for more information.

Awards

Yoani Sanchez has won many international prizes such as the Ortega y Gasset Prize in 2008 for digital journalism, the TIME-CNN 25 Best Blogs award in 2009 and the Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2009 for a Special Mention for Excellence in Journalism. She was recently nominated for the Nobel peace prize (along with Oswaldo Paya)

Punishment

Her punishment for her words is 19 denied requests to leave Cuba even though the President of Brazil granted her a visa to enter Brazil. So, if this is not punishment for her behavior, is the Cuban government somehow threatened by her departure from Cuba? You would think they would be happy to see her go.

John Paul Rathbone in Havana for the Financial Times writes “Yoani Sánchez is Cuba’s best-known blogger and, for many outside the island, also its opposition’s most important voice. She is also, however, a philologist whose refusal to mangle the Spanish language is matched only by her love of 140 character tweets.

Resolving that contradiction is one of the lesser challenges Ms Sánchez faces as an internet-based activist in a country that, by some metrics, has less internet connectivity than even

“I try to tweet with the brevity and elegance of classical Spanish, while only using whole words,” she jokes of herself on a recent evening in Havana.
Such humour is characteristic of the 36-year-old…