“El periódico ha de estar siempre como los correos antiguos, con el caballo enjaezado, la fusta en la mano y la espuela en el tacón.  Debe desobedecer los apetitos del bien personal y atender imparcialmente al bien público”.
José Martí
 

Serious Threat against Journalist in Cuba

Periodista Fernando Ravsberg. Foto: Raquel Pérez Díaz

Foto: Raquel Pérez Díaz

In several “revolutionary” blogs like La Mala Palabra, Cuba por Siempre and Isla Mía, this last one of the journalist Norelys Morales, has just appeared an article on the problems of transportation in Cuba, written by a certain Felix Edmundo Diaz, that ends with a strong threat against me. I transcribe it:

“I want to convey an idea to a colleague: Fernan, read Fernando Ravsberg, do you really think that you can live in Cuba ranting against my people? Don’t you think it’s time for you to start to write in “Letters from the USA” or “Letters from Spain”? Why don’t you pay a visit to Uribe or Peña Nieto and write “Letters from Colombia” or Letters from Mexico”.  Go, just to see if any ‘paramilitary’ (self-defense?) or some ‘Zeta’ gives you a kick in the groin and your balls come out of your ears…

“From here, in Cuba, it is easy because you know that nobody will kidnap you, disappear, torture or kill you, but we are not obliged to allow you to live and rant on our soil. That’s why my offer for you is simple: Get the hell out of here or refine your writing. Remember that at your age your teeth won’t come out again and dental implants are expensive… “

They just took another step on the level of insults, they resume the request for expulsion and, above all, it is the first time that I am directly threatened with a beating. It is not accidental, recently I commented that the extremists might win and evidently this text shows that they are emboldened.

I am convinced that if the Cuban government does not put a stop to them the next step will be to move from threats to actions, it is the path of both right and leftwing extremists: you silence yourself out of fear or you are silenced by force.

Translation: Havana Times

About Fernando Ravsberg

Nacido en Uruguay, corresponsal de Público en Cuba y profesor del post grado de “Información internacional y países del Sur” de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Fue periodista de BBC Mundo, Telemundo de EEUU, Radio Nacional de Suecia y TV Azteca de México. Autor de 3 libros, El Rompecabezas Cubano, Reportajes de Guerra y Retratos.

 
 

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