In charge of the accredited foreign press in Cuba is included in the list of repressors of the regime

The director of the International Press Center (CPI) of Cuba, Alberto González Casals, was included this Thursday in the database of repressors of the regime of the Foundation for Human Rights on the island (FHRC).

This Miami-based institution considered the person in charge of the press accredited on the island as a “White Collar Repressor” and included him in its list., where he is accused of being directly responsible for the order to withdraw the credentials of journalists from the Spanish agency EFE on the island.

González Casals was already a member of the database as an Export Repressor, for having contributed to Cuba introducing its intelligence services in Venezuela, says a release of the FHRC.

“González Casals, a Lieutenant Colonel of the Cuban Intelligence Directorate who has worked for the DI (Intelligence Directorate) with diplomatic coverage in countries such as Angola, Venezuela and the United States, has been director of Foreign Press for MINREX and its censoring body, the CPI ”, details the document.

It denounces that the CPI “filters foreign journalists and discards the accreditation of those it considers critical” through the requirement of a D-6 visa that can suspend, revoke or not extend, including the expulsion of the correspondent from the country.

Remember that on November 13, two days before the Pacific March for Change that had been called by the Archipelago platform on the island, the five members of the EFE agency were summoned to the CPI headquarters to withdraw their permissions, and asked the press not to give in to pressure and to maintain its representation in the Caribbean country.

“Cuban officials argued that EFE had put its editorial line at the service of” the counterrevolution. ” What bothered the Cuban government was that EFE, complying with its obligations of journalistic objectivity, had covered the historic protests of July 11 and 12 in Cuba and was already covering the preparations for the march that had been called for November 15 ” says the statement.

He emphasizes that the Spanish agency, which just a few hours ago confessed to evaluating his stay on the island, generates 50% of the information about Cuba that is published in Latin America.

This represents a high level of informational influence that “perhaps the Cuban government does not like,” said its president. Gabriela Cañas at a press conference on Wednesday.

FHRC affirms that these reprisals against the news agency try to set the stage for an “information blackout” that the government of Miguel Díaz-Canel plans to impose after the anti-government demonstrations of July 11, 2021.

“The information blockade includes more censorship of official media, additional pressure on foreign correspondents accredited in Cuba and more reprisals against the independent press. Added to this are the other selective or total cuts in Internet service ”, denounced FHRC.

Finally, it affirms that the “repressive singularization” that the Cuban regime has sustained against the aforementioned media outlet (one of the 75 accredited in the country) since July “reflects that this agency did not respect the arbitrary demands in these months. of the CPI that continues trying to pressure her to exercise self-censorship, annul her work capacity and induce her to close her correspondent ”.

On Wednesday, referring to the pressure against EFE in Havana, Cañas said: “They are kicking us out of Cuba. We really cannot with a journalist and a photographer offer our subscribers the quality standards that we have at the EFE agency ”.

His statements also respond to pressure from Cuban civil society, whose activists have asked the agency to cover the trials against the July 11 protesters on the island.

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