Monday, August 1, 2016

Cuban Journalism on the Internet -- an overview

The Knight Center at the University of Texas, which studies journalism in the Americas, has published a long blog post on new Cuban journalism on the Internet. The post surveys Cuban media and profiles a number of outlets, categorized as follows.

State media controlled by the Communist Party: the newspaper Granma, Web sites Cuba Debate and Juventud Rebelde, Televisión Cubana and the radio stations Radio Rebelde, Radio Reloj and Radio Taíno.

Non-state media on the Internet, which are not opposed to the system -- criticizing the leadership, but relatively in favor of socialism: Periodismo de Barrio, El Estornudo and Cachivache.

Non-state media on the Internet, which are opposed to the system and want an end to socialism: 14ymedio, Martí Noticias and Damas de Blanco.

Foreign press: ccorrespondents of Reuters, Russia Today, The Associated Press (AP), Agencia EFE, Agence France-Presse (AFP) and dozens of other international mainstream media.

The Center also holds an annual International Symposium on Online Journalism (ISOJ), and Yoani Sánchez was a keynote speaker this year. She spoke of the technical and legal constraints faced by her publication 14Ymedio and some of their workarounds. For example, since journalist is not one of the occupations approved for self-employment in Cuba, they have registered their writers a typists. For more on her talk click here and here.

Yoani Sánchez (r) during her ISOJ 2016 presentation. Photo: Mary Kang, Knight Center
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