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[liberationtech] Cuba detains Yoani Sanchez - YOANI RELEASED

Kathleen Duffy techduff at gmail.com
Thu Nov 8 19:53:10 PST 2012


Yoani was released a few minutes ago; the status of other activists
(including Rodiles) is still unknown.  At least one activist who was
detained reportedly has two broken ribs and a head wound.

-kat



On Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 5:29 PM, Yosem Companys <companys at stanford.edu>wrote:

>  Producer Of TV Martí's Estado De SATS Jailed
> November 8, 2012
>    Antonio Rodilles
>
> Miami - Antonio Rodilles, the Cuba-based independent producer of the
> Emmy-nominated TV Martí program *Estado de SATS* , has been jailed in
> Havana after seeking information on the arrest of two Cuban dissidents.
>
> Rodilles was arrested when he and the six others went to the Ministry of
> the Interior in Havana to ask about the status of of two independent
> attorneys, Yaremis Flores and Veizant Boloy, who had been arrested earlier
> in the day.
>
> Later, Blogger Yoani Sánchez, who had been blogging about the incident,
> was also detained. Sánchez is the author of the influential blog Generación
> Y, which has gained a global audience with its critical portrayal of the
> Cuban government.
>
> "We will continue to investigate the details of this situation and
> accurately report the treatment of Antonio Rodilles, Yoani Sánchez and all
> involved," Guillermo Santa Cruz, general manager of Radio and TV Martí.
>
> According to Cuban blogger and Radio Martí contributor Orlando Luis Pardo,
> the arrests were violent and the seven dissidents were all sent to
> different Havana jails. All of those arrested along with Rodilles are
> frequent participants and guests on *Estado de SATS*.
>
> Although Cuban authorities have said nothing about the arrests, Rodilles'
> parents said he is being held on contempt charges.
>
> *Estado de SATS* is a weekly program made in Cuba, with wrap-around
> segments produced in Miami, that tackles the realities and challenges faced
> by Cubans. The show was nominated for an Emmy this fall by the Suncoast
> Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
>
> Rodilles had continued to produce the show despite arrests, beatings and
> persistent surveillance by Cuban authorities.
>
> "From its beginning *Estado de SATS* has meant intense work," he said
> after hearing of his Emmy nomination last month. "The best part is that we
> have been able to create bridges with different projects and other people
> have begun to collaborate, people that were once isolated."
>
> Rodilles has described the program as "a series of public encounters
> focusing on ever-evolving subject matter." Since its launch earlier this
> year, the program has featured content ranging from interviews with Cuban
> thought-leaders, to footage of live music events, to political discussions.
>
>
>
> For press queries, please contact Letitia King at lking at bbg.gov.
>
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