Cuba expels journalist for interviewing activist

Cuban authorities have given independent journalist Alexis Ferrer 72 hours to leave the island, reported the site Cuba Encuentro.

The blogger was arrested and interrogated after interviewing activist Eliécer Ávila for a documentary Ferrer was preparing for the site the journalist co-founded, La Cubanada.

In addition, authorities fined the activist 900 Cuban pesos, roughly $34, for hosting visitors in his house without government permission, according to La Cubanada.

Ferrer abandoned Cuba in 1993 and has been living in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and children. He returned to the island to produce a documentary on Cuban youth, according to Diario de Cuba.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.