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U.S. group speaks up for bloggers

September 11, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A U.S.-based journalist watchdog group called for an end to what it described as "systemic harassment" of bloggers and independent journalists in Cuba, and urged the international community to step up its lobbying on the bloggers' behalf.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said a surprisingly vibrant blogging community has sprung up on the communist-run island despite government intimidation, official barriers and the high cost of going online.

Cuba has the lowest rate of Internet use in the Americas.

The group also called on the Cuban government to unconditionally free imprisoned independent journalists and to honor commitments that should in theory allow all journalists to report freely without fear of reprisal.

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