Sunday, May 10, 2009

Battle over right to enter cyberspace heating up in Cuba?


A new video shows a Melia Cohiba hotel employee denying Internet access to Cuban journalist Reinaldo Escobar in Havana. The hotel worker tells the Escobar that the Internet is for foreigners only. Escobar, whose wife is Yoani Sanchez, the blogger, replies that he feels discriminated against because he is a Cuban.
Yoani wrote on her blog that she shot the video on Saturday while pretending to be a tourist reading Granma, the state-run newspaper
A transcript of Escobar's conversation with the hotel worker is here

5 comments:

M Denise C said...

Wow. Your last two posts bring out the fact that we take so much for granted here in America. Can you imagine having to get permission to get on the internet?

Tracey Eaton said...

Things are complicated in Cuba.

M Denise C said...

Not to mention what you can access, I am sure . . .

Tracey Eaton said...

Yeah, there are restrictions on content, too. Authorities justify it, saying they're on a "war footing" as the U.S. tries everything to topple the socialist government

HavanaJournal.com said...

Wow. Good for him. VERY well done. I will do what I can to share this video. I think it is VERY telling of the situation and more people should know about this. Thanks for posting it.