Reporters Without Borders: Cuban Internet Controls

Did We Really Expect Anything Different From Communist Cuba?

From Reporters Without Borders website (link here)…

An investigation carried out by Reporters Without Borders revealed that the Cuban government uses several mechanisms to ensure that the Internet is not used in a “counter-revolutionary” fashion. Firstly, the government has more or less banned private Internet connections. To visit websites or check their e-mail, Cubans have to use public access points such as Internet cafes, universities and “Youth computing centers” where it is easier to monitor their activity. Then, the Cuban police has installed software on all computers in Internet cafes and big hotels that triggers an alert message when “subversive” key-words are noticed.

The regime also ensures that there is no Internet access for its political opponents and independent journalists, for whom reaching news media abroad is an ordeal. The government also counts on self-censorship. In Cuba, you can get a 20-year prison sentence for writing a few “counter-revolutionary” articles for foreign websites, and a five-year one just for connecting with the Internet in an illegal manner. Few people dare to defy the state censorship and take such a risk.”

…read the entire report (link here)

Also see Barbados Deputy Prime Minister Says Blogs “Marginalize Parliament”

Tip of the Rum Glass to Caribbean Free Radio

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5 responses to “Reporters Without Borders: Cuban Internet Controls

  1. Anonymous-

    My darlings, the context of Mia’s criticism of blogs is in no way comparable to the Cuban situation. Indeed, sites like yours that publish whatever anyone says without knowing for a fact whether it is true or not do INDEED have the potential to destabalize trust in the government, and it’s quite evident by your merry band of followers who swallow everything you say blindly as the gospel truth that your website can be used maliciously to slander and usurp the public’s trust of the government.

  2. BFP

    Hello Anonymous

    Please inform us immediately of any slander you are aware of on this blog.

    As we have stated in the past many times, we welcome responses from anyone on any subject we have written about. We will publish, unedited, and give prominent placing to any response from any person or organization we have mentioned.

    Please inform us of the “slander” you are speaking of.

    thanks

    Cliverton

  3. BFP

    Mia Mottley did call for regulation of blogs and call-in shows to limit free discussion between citizens of Barbados.

    Same goals as Cuba and China, and we view her comments as very comparable to the policies of both countries.

  4. John

    Anonymouse

    Haven’t you noticed, the politicians are doing it all by themselves!!

    …. and … go check the recent US decision on libel and the internet. It was even in the paper here!!

    You could also look at Lord Hoffmann’s ruling as well.

  5. Green!

    “..the public’s trust of the government.”
    – what theoretical entity is this?

    You talkin like if it’s two terms ago!

    Only rabid BLP followers/party-faithful
    “trust of the government.”

    Dem days dun fuh de res’ o we, maaaan!