Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cuban journalist: Radio Martí falls short

A Cuban journalist who was part of the Group of 75 imprisoned during the 2003 crackdown has quit his job at Radio Martí after nearly six years.

In a letter of resignation addressed to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio and others, Manuel Vázquez Portal said Radio Martí doesn't do enough to defend democracy activists in Cuba. He wrote:
...the current administration has turned the institution into an instrument of entertainment, frivolity and forgetting the purpose for which it was created... 
The station gives too much attention to "popular music programs, obsolete soap operas, futile and divorced from the reality of Cuba today," Vázquez wrote on Nov. 21.
See YouTube video of his resignation announcement below.

Radio Martí doesn't do enough to support "defense of democracy, freedom of press and expression and respect for human rights," he said.

In other news, Televisión Martí sent a crew to Ohio to try to interview a Cuban diplomat who was scheduled to speak at Ohio State University. Jorge Bolaños Suarez, chief of the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., didn't make the Nov. 17 event. Rodney Amaury González, third secretary at the Interests Section, took his place. TV Martí tried to interview him, but he declined after his speech and the police were called to ensure order.

H/t to Baracutey Cubano


satogato said...

I just learned about a dinner invitation for 12/9 from Sarah Moshe an Inmigration Lawyer in Indianapolis, will be hosting a dinner for José Bolaños, Rodney Gonzalez and Jesus Perez, Counsellors from the Cuban Interests Section in Washington DC.

Tracey Eaton said...

OK, thanks, satogato