Cuban journalists reject application of the blockade on the Internet

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Havana, Aug 21 (Prensa Latina) The disqualification of Cuban media accounts is part of the US blockade against Cuba, a policy also applied in cyberspace, denounced today by the Union of Cuban Journalists (UPEC).

The organization issued a statement on Friday rejecting the cancellation of the profiles of the Youtube platform (belonging to Google) of the newspaper Granma, the Cubavisión Internacional channel and the TV program Mesa Redonda.

UPEC demands that access be restored to them and recalls that, as established by the United Nations conventions, the use of the Internet is a human right and an essential condition for the exercise of freedom of expression without political conditions of any kind.

The suspension of access to Youtube by the aforementioned media occurred the day before, just before the broadcast of a special program dedicated to providing details about the upcoming start of clinical trials of Soberana 01, a Cuban vaccine candidate against Covid-19.

According to UPEC, this new aggression should not be separated from the will of President Donald Trump’s government to build a digital wall against the largest of the Antilles, like the others that already exist: political, economic, financial, technological.

They have eliminated the channels of our main media references on the Internet to silence a sovereign voice, like the vaccine against Covid-19. They won’t make it’, the declaration states.

Previously, U.S. transnational companies suspended accounts on the island at times of large audience, such as last September 11, when they eliminated more than 500 Twitter profiles on the day that President Miguel Diaz-Canel announced exceptional economic measures.

But one thing is selective censorship and another is the extraterritorial application of the U.S. blockade against Cuba as a universal law on the Internet, which is what has just happened, the trade association denounces in its note.

The justification offered in this case is the alleged violation of the export laws, although it would not be a harsh one if it refers to a regulation established in the northern nation in 1945, which gives the White House the power to determine which countries will be qualified as Marxist-Leninists, as well as the moment when they cease to be so.

Likewise, in its statement, the UPEC asks if, based on this instrument and the extraterritoriality of the blockade, U.S. transnationals have the right to apply sanctions beyond their borders and if they will cancel the accounts of all users who connect to the Internet from the island.

(Taken from PL)

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