6 October 1998


Independent journalist arrested

Incident details

Manuel Antonio González



(RSF/IFEX) - RSF is protesting the recent arrest of independent journalist
Manuel Antonio González. According to RSF information, on 1 October 1998,
González, correspondent for the independent press agency Cuba Press in
Holguín (in the eastern part of the island), was arrested by State Security
agents for having "insulted Fidel Castro." The journalist is since being
held at the Department of the National Revolutionary Police (PNR) in San
Germán, a municipality in Holguín.

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The day after his arrest, the journalist's two nephews were reportedly
assaulted and arrested by political police agents. An "act of reprobation"
was reportedly held in front of González's home, with several dozen persons
verbally accusing members of the journalist's family of being "counter
revolutionaries" and "stateless persons."

Recommended Action

Send appeals to the Minister of the Interior:

  • expressing the belief that Manuel Antonio González was arrested solely
    having exercised his right to free expression, guaranteed under Article 19
    of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • asking him to use his influence to secure the release of Manuel Antonio
  • reminding him that two other independent journalists are currently
    arbitrarily detained in Cuba: Lorenzo Paez Nuñez, sentenced to a one-year
    prison term for "slandering and insulting the national police" and Bernardo
    Arévalo Padron, sentenced to a six-year term for "insulting President Fidel
    Castro and Vice-President Carlos Lage" (see IFEX alerts of 21 and 1
    September 1998 and others)

    Appeals To

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

    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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