Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Behind the scenes at Generación Y
Yoani Sanchez went well beyond her usual three-paragraph post to explain how she manages to publish her blog and who from outside Cuba helps her.
The blogger's carefully worded 2,850-word piece appeared in Penúltimos Días on Jan. 19 and is called Generación Y: el making of.
The story explains the role of Josef Biechele, who some of us Cuba watchers have written about and speculated about. I mentioned Biechele here, for instance.
Sanchez says she has used some of her money from international awards to pay for Internet access in Cuba. And she makes no apologies for earning money from freelance pieces that appear in such publications as TAZ in Germany, Poder magazine in the United States and Imprensa in Brazil.
I think Sanchez is wise to explain how her blog is produced, who is behind it and where she gets some of her foreign support.
Her foes in the Cuban government will not be satisfied, I'm sure. They'll continue to push the idea that she's a foreign-paid "mercenary," a view that I don't believe given the facts I've seen so far.
Anyway, Sanchez does a good job explaining what goes on behind the scenes at Generación Y. Her piece doesn't answer all the questions. She has at least one key supporter who goes unnamed in her piece. She doesn't reveal all the details about her mobile phone and her finances, details that wouldn't even come up in most countries of the world. In fact, if her blog had advertising, I'm sure it could easily pay for itself.
I am curious about the timing of Sanchez' piece. I wonder if she is revealing these details now as a kind of preemptive strike because she thinks Cuban authorities are about to take action against her.
Along the Malecon's Yoani & digital revolt page