Cuban journalist begins second hunger strike

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  • March 11, 2013

By Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez*

Cuban journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias began a hunger strike on March 6 to demand his immediate release.

News of his hunger strike reached the outside world via political prisoner Ramón Alejandro Muñoz González, held at the same jail, who telephoned the Hablemos Press agency on March 8.

Martínez Arias has been in jail since September, accused of insulting Raúl and Fidel Castro, the current and past presidents.

His first hunger strike began on November 10 and ended 33 days later sonly because his family begged him to stop. He was demanding to be treated as a political prisoner.

At the end of January, Martínez Arias was declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. His case was submitted to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on December 12.

On March 16, Martínez Arias will have been in jail for six months, still with no date set for a trial.

* Roberto de Jesús Guerra Pérez is an independent journalist and founder of the Hablemos Press news agency en Cuba. This article first appeared on the website of the Institute for War & Peace Reporting.

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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