Fidel Castro again giving interviews to international press, including U.S. reporter

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, who officially reappeared in the public eye at the beginning of August after four years absent from the media because of an illness, has returned to the international spotlight.

After an interview with Venezuelan journalists transmitted Aug. 9, Castro, who governed Cuba since 1959, he also now has conducted interviews with Carmen Lira, the editor of the Mexican newspaper La Jornada, and with Jeffrey Goldberg, a journalist with The Atlantic, reported the Associated Press and El Tiempo.

Goldberg is the first U.S. reporter to get an interview with Castro since he became ill at the end of July 2006. The interview took place Sunday, Aug. 29, reported the island's official newspaper, Granma. In one of his opinion columns published on the site Cubadebate, Castro, 84 years old, had positively reviewed one of Goldberg's articles about the Middle East, an area the journalist specializes in.

An announcement in The Atlantic says the interview with Castro will be published soon.

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.