MIAMI — Ten South Florida journalists, including three with the Miami Herald's Spanish-language sister paper, received thousands of dollars from the U.S. government for their work on radio and TV programming aimed at undermining President Fidel Castro's Communist regime, the Herald reported Friday.
Pablo Alfonso, who reports on Cuba and wrote an opinion column for El Nuevo Herald, had been paid almost $175,000 since 2001 to host shows on the U.S. government's Radio and TV Marti, which promote democracy in Cuba, according to government documents obtained by the Miami Herald.
Freelancer Olga Connor, who wrote about Cuban culture for El Nuevo Herald, received about $71,000 from the U.S. Office of Cuba Broadcasting, and staff reporter Wilfredo Cancio Isla, who covered the Cuban exile community and politics, was paid almost $15,000 in the last five years, the Herald said.
The newspaper said Alfonso and Cancio were fired, and Connor's freelance relationship was severed.
Alfonso and Cancio declined to comment to the Herald. They and Connor did not respond to e-mails from the Associated Press seeking comment.