24 October 1997


Journalist Jorge Luis Arce Cabrera assaulted

Incident details

Jorge Luis Arce Cabrera



(RSF/IFEX) - On 23 October 1997, Jorge Luis Arce Cabrera, a
Cienfuegos correspondent for the Bureau of Independent Press in
Cuba (BPIC), was assaulted by an agent of the Ministry of the
Interior who went by the name of Adriano. The agent showed up at
the home of Arce around 3:30 pm and ordered him to leave. Once
outside, the agent punched and kicked Arce and insulted him.

Previously, on 17 September, Arce was visited by State Security
agents who wanted to have a "conversation" with the journalist
(see IFEX alert of 19 September 1997).

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • calling the assault on Jorge Luis Arce Cabrera an attack on
    press freedom
  • calling on them to use their influence to put an end to the
    harassment of Arce

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Fidel Castro
    Havana, Cuba

    General Abelardo Colome Ibarra
    Minister of the Interior
    Ministry of the Interior
    Plaza de la Revolucion
    Havana, Cuba
    Fax: + 53 7 33 5261 (attn: Ministro del Interior)

    c/o the Cuban Mission at the United Nations
    New York NY 10016, United States
    Fax: +1 212 779 1697

    or c/o the Cuban diplomatic representative in your country

    (in the United States)
    Cuban Interest Section
    Washington DC, United States
    Fax: +1 202 797 8521

    (in Canada)
    Embassy of the Republic of Cuba
    388 Main Street
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1S 1E3, Canada
    Fax: +1 613 563 0068

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris, France
    rsf (@) rsf.org

    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
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