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[liberationtech] Talk to Cuba Dissident Blogger Yoani Sanchez on Reddit TOMORROW, March 16 |

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Fri Mar 15 19:04:24 PDT 2013


In many ways, Cuba is a tough place to get to know, at least if you
want independent perspectives. As we've written about here, there are
many people (activists, bloggers, artists, skilled professionals) who
have long been prohibited from leaving the country. (And citizens from
its large neighbor to the north, of course, are prohibited from
visiting by their own government.) Media is primarily controlled by
the government, and independent reporting is a difficult and risky
task (see Cuba near the very bottom of the Reporters Without Borders
rankings of press freedom). Even music is tightly controlled, with
musicians often barred from distributing or performing their songs;
indeed, there have been recent cases where Cubans with political
leanings that differ from the government have been jailed in part for
simply listening to certain music.

This is true despite the existence of the internet. For one, Cuba has
not had much of a connection to the information superhighway, as the
percentage of Cubans with full access is estimated to be in the single
digits. Text, audio, and video downloaded from the internet gets
passed around on flash drives, and it is often only those who can
afford exorbinant hourly fees to use slow wifi at hotels that can get

This difficulty makes an opportunity to speak with one of the foremost
voices for free expression, democracy, and rule of law so valuable.
Yoani Sanchez, a well known blogger, has gotten the chance totravel
outside of Cuba for the first time in a decade, a development that
surprised many, including Yoani herself. She is a leader in the
courageous blogoshpere that has grown in Cuba despite the numerous
obstacles, and in that role she has done as much as anyone to report
on political and social developments in her country, amplify the
voices of activists, and push for the major reform that is needed.
She has wasted no time in traveling around the world to spread her
message, and on Saturday, 16 March at 2:00 PM EST, Yoani will join on Reddit—that active, rambunctious, and far-reaching
online community—to discuss her work, her recent travels, and her
hopes for the future in Cuba. Yoani "lives" on Twitter and her
Generación Y blog, so this is a great opportunity for a new community
to have an open discussion with her about Cuba. She also writes and
tweets in Spanish, so we'll be doing real-time translation.

So, join us on Reddit—Saturday, 16 March, 2:00 PM EST—for the latest
in our series of activist chats. We've spoken to young Saudi
activists, North Korean defectors, and more, and this could prove to
be our most lively one yet. And check back here afterwards for a

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