12. Connecting Cuba

By Carlos Lauría

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Cuban President Raúl Castro holds up a copy of the newspaper 
Juventud Rebelde in Havana in December 2010. Freedom of speech is 
still curbed despite a series of press reforms.

(AP/Ismael Francisco, Prensa Latina)

Cuba’s media landscape has begun opening up in recent years, transformed by a lively blogosphere, an increasing number of news websites carrying investigative reporting and news commentary and an innovative breed of independent reporters who are critical of, yet still support, socialist ideas.

The energized press scene contrasts with the island nation’s restrictive legal framework, which curbs ...

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