Editor of online newspaper Candonga released after two weeks in custody

first_img September 25, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor of online newspaper Candonga released after two weeks in custody May 6, 2020 Find out more News (Photo: Yosvany Anzardo Hernández) RSF_en CubaAmericas Editor of online newspaper Candonga, Yosvany Anzardo Hernández, was finally released in the absence of evidence against him on 23 September after two weeks in custody, the Miami-based online website Payolibre reported Speaking after his release, Anzardo said that Lieutenant Orgellez at Pedernales prison in Holguín, took him out of his cell and apologised, before taking him to a patrol car in which he was driven home. to go further ————–Authorities block websites, detain 26th journalistTwo bloggers, Luis Felipe González Rojas and Yosvany Anzardo Hernández, were arrested and beaten by police in the eastern city of Holguín on 10 September and their computers were confiscated. González was released after four hours but Anzardo is still being held. His detention brings the number of detained journalists in Cuba to 26.The interview González recently gave to Miami-based Radio Marti was the probable reason for his arrest. He also keeps a blog called Animal de Ancatarilla (www.cubaencuentro.com). Anzardo is the editor of Candonga (www.candonga.org), an online newspaper for Cubans in Cuba that is currently inaccessible. He has also been reporting for the Miami-based website Payo Libre for more than three years. Payo Libre editor Pablo Rodriguez Carvajal said Anzardo has not been able to communicate with his family since his arrest.“The authorities are going out of their way to stifle any online expression of the civil society that is emerging in Cuba,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This censorship reflects the government’s refusal to accept the current and future changes on the island, which are escaping its control.”The press freedom organisation added: “It is high time that the foreign embassies in Havana remind the Cuban government of the obligations that result from its having signed the UN’s International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in February 2008.”The website of Voces Cubanas (http://vocescubanas.com/), a platform that supports independent Cuban bloggers, has meanwhile been inaccessible within Cuba since 28 August. The same goes for the Payo Libre website since 10 September. The blog of Lia Villares (www.habanemia.blogspot.com) is also blocked, as is Yoani Sánchez’s blog, Generación Y (www.desdecuba.com/generaciony/).The Cuban government often blocks websites dedicated to daily life on the island, only to restore access after a relatively short period. This repeated censorship tactic is way of discouraging alternative sources of news and information while misleading the foreign media, which are not well represented on the island and are closely monitored by the authorities.Internet obstacle courseAs Iván García Quintero says in his blog Penúltimas Días, getting access to the Internet is a Kakfaesque obstacle course for bloggers and everyone else in Cuba, which has one of the lowest rates of Internet access in the western hemisphere. According to official sources, 13 per cent of the population is online but in practice the rate is probably lower.A public Internet connection costs six dollars an hour in a country in which the average monthly salary is the equivalent of 20 dollars, while very few Cubans have private access to the Internet. Aside from the fact that all private connections must be approved by the only Internet Service Provider, the state-owned ETECSA, computer equipment is prohibitively expensive because retail prices are the same as in western countries while, in general, the population’s purchasing power is 100 times smaller. Furthermore, connections are extremely slow, so slow that bloggers say they cannot always read what they themselves have posted online.The Dutch embassy and the US Interests Section offer free Internet access of much better quality to the public, but several hours of waiting is often necessary in order to use it. After Raúl Castro took over as president, the government lifted a ban on Cubans entering tourist hotels, which have better connections. But supervision has been reinforced again and several bloggers such as Yoani Sánchez have turned away when they tried to enter hotels.Finally, several sources say that the University of Computer Sciences is helping to monitor and censor the Internet in Cuba.With 26 journalists detained, Cuba currently ranks alongside Iran as the world’s third biggest prison for journalists, following Eritrea and China. The imprisoned journalists include Reporters Without Borders correspondent Ricardo González Alfonso, who has been held since March 2003.The western hemisphere’s last dictatorship was ranked 169th out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. 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Jumping action takes centre stage at Clonmel

first_imgThe richest race of the session is the I.S.F. EBF Captain Christy Rated Novice Chase worth €20,000 with a field of seven runners going to post.The largest field of the day is the opening Laganore Maiden Hurdle with 18 runners.Tipperary trainer Edward O’Grady was among the winners at Downpatrick last Friday and his representative Allardyce in the concluding Clonmel bumper has prospects in the hands of Barry O’Neill along with Gordon Elliott’s Rakhine State under the in-form Nina Carberry. The first on a 7 race card at Powerstown Park is off at 1.50pm. Photo: © clonmelraces.ielast_img read more

Man Utd 2 – 1 Man City

first_imgWayne Rooney’s spectacular late winner put Manchester United’s Premier League title assault back on course and left Manchester City devastated at Old Trafford.David Silva’s deflected equaliser put Roberto Mancini’s side in sight of a point after Nani’s first-half goal gave United a slender advantage in a tight and tense encounter.It was Rooney, however, who produced a moment of inspiration to score a stunning overhead kick that will live forever in the memory of United’s fans and extended City’s dismal sequence of only one league win in their last 27 visits to Old Trafford.Silva’s fortunate leveller, unwittingly deflecting in substitute Edin Dzeko’s shot via his back, had given City momentum but they were stopped in their tracks in the most dramatic fashion with only 12 minutes left.Nani’s cross from the right flank was high and behind Rooney as he lurked near the penalty spot, but he elevated an indifferent personal display to the heights by readjusting his position and sending an acrobatic, unstoppable overhead kick high past startled City keeper Joe Hart.The quality of the goal was worthy of winning any game and United boss Sir Alex Ferguson may even look back on it as a strike that won the title after they bounced back from their first Premier League defeat of the season at Wolves last Saturday. Rooney, superbly shackled by City defender Vincent Kompany for so long as Ferguson surprisingly left Dimitar Berbatov on the bench, had previously cut a forlorn and frustrated figure but his natural instincts continue to serve him and United so well.And if his love affair with Old Trafford was strained by the saga of his demand to leave earlier this season, the bond was rekindled as United claimed a vital victory.It enabled them to extend their lead at the top of the table to seven points at the final whistle – and also inflicted a serious blow to City’s own lingering hopes of mounting a challenge as they now stand eight points behind United having played a game more.City were left to regret failing to make the most of some early supremacy when Silva squandered the perfect opportunity to strike a crucial blow early on in the second minute.United boss Ferguson entrusted Rooney with a lone attacking role – and in the opening stages it was City who made all the running and should have taken the lead in the opening moments. Silva, a significant influence as City dominated, exchanged passes with Carlos Tevez inside the area and was left with only Edwin van der Sar to beat. The angle was acute but the gifted Spaniard was wasteful as he rolled a tame finish across the face of goal and inches wide.The hulking figure of Yaya Toure also cast a giant shadow over United’s midfield as they struggled to assert any authority and he was frustrated when referee Andre Marriner ignored his penalty appeals when his cross struck Chris Smalling.As United finally started to pose a threat, Darren Fletcher headed straight at City keeper Hart from Ryan Giggs’ cross – and the seemingly ageless Old Trafford veteran was instrumental when they took the lead four minutes before the interval.Rooney challenged for Van der Sar’s clearance and Giggs pounced to deliver an inviting pass for Nani, who escape the attentions of Pablo Zabaleta to slide a composed finish past Hart.City boss Mancini, who watched his team fail to capitalise on so much early possession, made a change early in the second half when he replaced Aleksandar Kolarov with Shaun Wright-Phillips. And in an attempt to actually call Van der Sar into serious action, something City had failed to do, he then introduced Dzeko for James Milner.The impact was exactly what City required as both substitutes were involved when they drew level after 65 minutes. Wright-Phillips’ cross fell to Dzeko and his effort took a vital touch of Silva’s back to wrong-foot Van der Sar.Ferguson immediately introduced Berbatov for Anderson, but it was that moment of brilliance from Rooney that put them back in front and visibly deflated City.City were stunned at being struck by such a blow and their threat fizzled out as Old Trafford buzzed with excitement at what had unfolded. United survived in comfort to close out a crucial victory.Source: BBClast_img read more