Last Friday, in a piece titled Cuba Tightens Restrictions on Bloggers , the Wall Street Journal reported that Cuban bloggers are facing increased scrutiny from the government:
As Cuba approaches the 50th anniversary of its revolution this New Year’s Day, the island’s Communist government appears to be taking a harder line against a budding group of Cuban Internet bloggers pushing for greater freedoms.
On Thursday, Cuban blogger Claudia Cadelo, was summoned to appear at the Interior Ministry, which is in charge of domestic security. A day earlier, Yoani Sanchez, the nation’s most prominent blogger, was told by authorities that her activities had “crossed the limits of tolerance,” and was told she couldn’t hold a planned meeting this Saturday of local bloggers, according to Ms. Sanchez.
Ms. Sanchez, who writes a blog called “Generation Y,” is at the forefront of a small group of bloggers in Cuba who chronicle life on the island and occasionally vent against its government . . .
Cuba routinely jails writers and others it deems are acting against national interests. But Cuba’s government [so far] hasn’t jailed any bloggers. So few Cubans have Internet access that the bloggers are more widely read abroad than at home.
In an age where words like fascist and Hitler are routinely and foolishly bandied about the Bush Administration, it’s refreshing and inspiring to encounter a brave soul who actually knows what it’s like to live in a totalitarian regime, and who is willing to risk her freedom — even her life — to give witness to the truth about her country’s repressive regime.