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Cuba frees 17th journalist jailed in 2003

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  • October 13, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

Alfredo Felipe Fuentes has arrived in Madrid with 10 family members following his release from prison Oct. 8, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reports. Thirteen political prisoners including 17 journalists have been released from Cuban prisons since President Raúl Castro agreed in July to free 52 people.

Fuentes, a freelance reporter, was sentenced to 26 years in prison after the "Black Spring" crackdown on dissent in March 2003. Three more Cuban journalists who were arrested in 2003 remain in prison, along with eight who were jailed earlier, CPJ adds.

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.

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