Pro-democracy dissidents in Cuba condemned the island’s “accredited journalists” — reporters from mainstream media outlets with Communist Party permission to work — for their silence in the wake of an increasingly violent wave of repression, the Spain-based Diario de Cuba reported on Tuesday.
Like most communist states, Cuba strictly regulates the creation of any media — visual art, journalism, music, or anything that can be interpreted as expression — by its citizens or foreigners. Most media outlets in Cuba are state operations, such as the Communist Party newspaper Granma or the nightly news broadcasts. A small corps of international journalists have received permission from the Party to report on an international stage, most from prominent newswire services like the Associated Press or Reuters, or from major American broadcasters like CNN.
Cuba is also home to a large network of independent journalists who expose human rights abuses, government incompetence, and economic woes in