Cuban blogger arrested after writing about human rights violations

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  • August 18, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

The release of various political prisoners does not mean Cuban authorities are tolerating any type of free expression on the island. Luis Felipe Rojas was arrested for publishing a "horror report" about abuses committed against dissidents in the eastern provinces of Cuba, reported Radio Martí and EcoDiario.

According to ABC, Rojas on Saturday posted on his blog a report denouncing 128 arbitrary arrests and 49 beatings, among other human rights violations throughout several Cuban provinces. “There is physical torture and cruel and degrading treatment in Santiago de Cuba, Banes, San Germán and Guantánamo from the olive green government," the blogger wrote.

On his Twitter feed, Rojas explained he was released after 12 hours in the police station.

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.