Help by sharing this information to go further News Organisation RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago June 21, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freelance journalist Carmelo Díaz Fernández released Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet CubaAmericas RSF_en News CubaAmericas News News May 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council October 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Cuba Carmelo Díaz Fernández is the first of 27 journalists arrested during the “black spring” of March 2003 to be released from prison. After 15 months in prison he was granted a special form of release for health reasons. He had been sentenced to 15 years in jail in April 2003. Reporters Without Borders has welcomed the 18 June release of freelance journalist Carmelo Díaz Fernández, for health reasons, after 15 months in prison. But the international press freedom organisation pointed out that Fernández “should never have been imprisoned in the first place, because all he did was exercise his right to free expression. We hold the Havana authorities responsible for his state of health,” it added.The organisation strongly condemned the state monopoly on news imposed by the Fidel Castro government and called for the release of the 27 journalists still in prison.Cuba is, with China, the largest prison in the world for journalists. Castro is slated by Reporters Without Borders as one of the world’s 37 “predators” of press freedom.Fernández was released, with another dissident who was arrested and sentenced with him in March 2003. The journalist was granted a permission to leave prison equivalent to house arrest, for health reasons. The 67-year-old, who has serious heart problems, told Agence France Presse (AFP) that he hoped to get a visa to emigrate to the United States where some family members already live.He was arrested overnight on 19 March 2003 during the Cuban “black spring” crackdown that saw 75 opposition figures arrested then sentenced to jail terms ranging from six to 28 years. He was sentenced at the beginning of April to 15 years in jail for his trade union and freelance journalism that was held to be “counter-revolutionary”. Fernández, who was in good health before his arrest, began to suffer from high blood pressure when he was held while awaiting trial at the headquarters of State Security in Villa Marista.Six months after his sentence an echocardiogram carried out at the insistence of his daughter, herself a doctor, led to the discovery of an abnormality in heart function that required surgery. On 15 December 2003, he was transferred from Guanajay Prison in Havana to the prison hospital of Combinado del Este, in Havana Province.A Christian activist, Fernández is editor of the Cuban Independent Trade Union Press Agency (APSIC), an executive board member of the Unitary Council of Cuban workers (CUTC) and president of the banned Christian Trade Union, founded in 1995. He devoted himself to the national centre for trade union training and the right to work. He was written numerous articles about Cuban education, economy and society on the sites cubanet.org and cartadecuba.org and is correspondent in Cuba for the Venezuelan magazine Desafios. A total of eight dissidents have been released since the start of year, two of them journalists. Four of them were from among the group of 75.Cuba’s “black spring” provoked strong international protest and the European Union reacted by imposing sanctions on the Havana regime.A Freedom Night was held on 18 June in Strasbourg by the local council, Reporters Without Borders and the collective Solidarity Free Cuba for the release of journalist and poet Raúl Rivero and all Cuban dissidents. Those attending included Cuban writer Zoé Valdès and Spanish author Jorge Semprun. more information October 12, 2018 Find out more
Press Association With fellow defender Winston Reid one of up to seven first-team regulars missing in south Wales, Tomkins is likely to be at the heart of the visitors back four and is targeting a first league win since they beat Chelsea in October. “I know they are down there though so if we can get on top of them, the crowd are going to get on them,” he told the club’s official website. “Everybody is looking forward to it and hopefully we can get some points on the board.” Swansea are still searching for a new boss having sacked Garry Monk following a poor run of form. Several names have been linked with the post but there has been no movement and Tomkins admits it is difficult to judge what kind of Swansea he will be lining up against. “You never know what you are going to get with a team who have just changed their manager,” he added. “We will see what sort of team we will face on the day, but they are still a good team. A couple of bad results doesn’t make them a bad team.” Bilic has seen his side draw their last two games, securing a point with a 0-0 stalemate at Manchester United before the same result at home to Stoke last weekend. James Tomkins is hopeful West Ham can get back to winning ways at Swansea on Sunday – even though he admits he does not know what to expect from the Welsh side. The Croatian could be without Andy Carroll after confirming the England striker has suffered a groin injury. But, despite also having Diafra Sakho, Dimitri Payet and Victor Moses missing, Bilic has backed his side to get back on the goal trail. “Against Stoke, we had the most shots off and on target,” he said. “So we have to show more quality in the final third and I’m sure we are going to show that in this game.” With a squad rocked by injuries, Slaven Bilic’s side have not won any of their last six Barclays Premier League fixtures. They remain in the top half and take on managerless Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday looking to head into the Christmas period on a high.