The Life of a Cuban Independent Journalist

For us bloggers in America, usually the only things that prevent us from expressing our opinions to the rest of the world are schedule conflicts or the periodic disruption of our internet connections. In Cuba, however, it’s the threat of close to a lifetime in a filthy Cuban prison. Val Prieto of Babalu Blog, and currently a guest poster at Michelle Malkin, has a compelling Townhall column that details the risks independent journalists take simply to report the truth of life in Cuba.

The “r” on the typewriter no longer works and there’s no ñ key. The ink being engraved into the paper isn’t ink; it’s shoe polish. Typewriter ribbons are hard to come by and paper is old, brittle and scarce. There’s no copy machine, no scanner, no fax and there is no phone next to the typewriter on his desk. Computers aren’t allowed. Satellite dishes receiving the latest world news aren’t allowed. There’s no software, no hardware, and no staff. There are only a few sheets of yellowing paper, a typewriter, a pencil and a candle to see by.

He works by candlelight not because of the frequent “apagones” – power outages – but because any light shining though his window late at night is but a beacon to those who want to silence him. It would serve as proof that he’s up to no good by the standards of his government and an excuse to be picked up and taken into custody for “dangerousness.”

Please read the rest of Val’s piece. And see what a real report from a Cuban independent journalist looks like here.

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