Cuban journalist arrested for "disobedience"

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  • February 2, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

Members of the National Revolutionary Police arrested Juan Carlos Reyes Ocaña near his home in Holguín on charges of insult, disobedience, and illicit economic activity, EFE and Reporters without Borders (RSF) report. Reyes works for the Holguín Press news agency.

The journalist was released the following day, but he started a hunger strike as he waits to be tried and possibly jailed for his offense, RSF adds.

“The regime continues to harass bloggers, deal out unfair detentions and ill-treat prisoners of opinion as it refuses to tolerate any news outside its control,” RSF says.

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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