The Cuban Revolution vs. Negative Media Campaigns

By Elio Delgado Legon

Fulgencio Batista and Fidel Castro. Photo:

HAVANA TIMES – Smear campaigns against the Cuban Revolution began as soon as the popular uprising defeated dictator Fulgencio Batista’s armed forces, who were backed, armed and trained by the US to repress the Cuban people. Twenty thousand young revolutionaries’ lives were the price for freedom.

The first great smear campaign, after the Revolution’s triumph on January 1, 1959, and is still repeated today, 60 years later, by counter-revolutionaries so as to confuse and deceive people, was that in Cuba there was a bloodbath, and that people were being killed here, there and everywhere.

The most important international media outlets repeated this fake news, and we had to invite the global press to take part in “Operation Truth”, which involved reporting what was really going on in Cuba, as the Revolution’s leadership have never told a single lie, even though their enemies claim the opposite.

In the revolutionary government’s first few months in power, what really happened was that many criminals from Batista’s police force, who had killed and tortured thousands of revolutionary youth and weren’t able to leave the country with the dictator, were caught and put on trial, and the ones who were found guilty of their crimes were given the death penalty and sentenced to execution by a firing squad.

However, nobody was given this sentence until there crimes were duly proven. The Revolution’s justice has always abided by the law, even though media campaigns continue to try and smear its reputation.

The other big lie the counter-revolutionary press conjured up in those tumultuous early years, had to do with Parental Rights. Invented by the US’ Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and supported by some members of the Catholic clergy in Cuba, the rumor was spread worldwide that the Revolution would strip parents of their Parental Rights and send their children to Russia. It was complete madness and yet many people believed it, deciding to send their small children off to the United States, all alone.

The revolutionary government didn’t stop them from committing such a barbaric act because it respected their freedom to travel, and 20,000 children were sent off, who suffered a great deal, far from their parents, and many of them never saw their parents every again and most of them carried this trauma with them for the rest of their lives, which the CIA wasn’t at all bothered by.

In order to give this despicable lie some credibility, a false document was disseminated which outlined a legal project in this regard, and it even had the Cuban President’s signature.

These are just two examples of two great lies that the world was told in the early years of the Revolution. However, the media campaign against Cuba hasn’t stopped inventing lies for almost 60 years, like the ones John Bolton invented: first, that Cuba was manufacturing chemical weapons and more recently, that Cuba had 20,000 soldiers in Venezuela, when the truth is that Cuba only has doctors, nurses and other social workers, in culture and sports, in that country.

So many lies have been spread about Cuba, all over the world, that the majority of foreigners who visit the country are shocked by the differences they find between what the press in their countries report and the reality they can see in Cuba.

It was precisely because of these media campaigns that I decided, five years ago, to write brief articles that show our country’s true reality, which is not only subject to smear campaigns, but to a cruel economic, commercial and financial blockade, which is becoming more and more tough, to the point that it is now a real economic war that chases after any international trade or financial activity in Cuba, imposing sanctions and fines, with complete disdain for International Law.

Elio Delgado Legon

Elio Delgado-Legon: I am a Cuban who has lived for 80 years, therefore I know full well how life was before the revolution, having experienced it directly and indirectly. As a result, it hurts me to read so many aspersions cast upon a government that fights tooth and nail to provide us a better life. If it hasn’t fully been able to do so, this is because of the many obstacles that have been put in its way.

23 thoughts on “The Cuban Revolution vs. Negative Media Campaigns

  • May 30, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Let make it simple for Elio to understand
    1 Castro never kept his promise of free elections after the triumph of the communist revolution. Fact not fiction .
    2 The thousands of cubans that were slaughter at the firing squads after Castro took over its a documented fact not fiction.
    3 The thousand of Cubanas that were incarcerated and sentenced to 20 to 30 years for disagreeing with the cuban government it’s documented fact not fiction, not mention those that were incarcerated and were never seen again.
    4 The lost of every human right known to civilization for sake of the communist revolution .
    5 The rationing of food and all products of daily consumption for the purpose population control.
    6 Cuba history was completely changed or distorted for the purpose of indoctrination and brainwashing the following generations of Cuban.
    7 A C.D.R. on each street to control every movement and the very life of each Cuban everyday of their lives.
    8 Making life impossible to live in Cuba if you disagree with the communist government.
    9 Taking all private business away from their owners , from the biggest corporations to the mom and pop bodegas,farms and incarceration for those people who dared to defend their rights to own the business they build
    I can stay here and do this all day long but by now if you are not blind like Elio you will see that there’s are facts that you collaborate with the UN or the state department.
    Cuba had a dream that fought and bleed for it, but people without a concise like the Castro brothers and che gevara stole it from them and been waging war against the Cuban people for 60 years.
    I Love Cuba and my people.


  • May 29, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Pobres diablos,,,están confundidos?,,,no hay peor ciego q el q no quiere ver,,,la realidad de Cuba no es compleja,,,la realidad es q existe un gobierno Comunista-estalinista,,así de simple,,Un gobierno de un solo partido y una dictadura q mata a su pueblo tanto de hambre como de todo derecho fundamental de sobrevivencia,,Lo único q le queda a esos pueblos es emigrar en masas,,,tratar de huir,,

  • May 29, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Mi querido Peotr….de eso se trata,,dejar q los ciudadanos de países como Cuba,Venezuela, Nicaragua,,,tengan el gobierno que quieran,,un gobierno elegido por el pueblo y para el pueblo,,no una dictadura puesta a la fuerza,,con linchamientos y faltas de todas libertades..necesidades básicas y hambrunas es lo q traen esos gobiernos y una inmigración gigantesca a países vecinos,,sofocando la paz y soberanias de otros gobiernos ,,millones de venezolanos han huido de Venezuela,,a otros los han encarcelados o asesinados,,igual pasa en Nicaragua y Cuba..millones de ciudadanos saliendo de su país buscando la libertad q no tienen en sus paises,,Esa es la democracia q quieres para tú pais?

  • May 26, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Countries have the government they deserve, a quote from Joseph de Maestri. But also remember that “I walk slow and carry a big stick. ” Whose quote is that?

  • May 25, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    The Castro regime David does not practice socialism – it is communist. That in turn means that Cuba is a one-party totalitarian state in which the people have no political choice.
    The concept of an island in the Caribbean being in the “US back yard” reflects the policy of Monroe Doctrine of 1842. Canada and Mexico have borders with the US – does that mean that they also are in the US back yard? How big is the back yard?
    I ask, because the view held by many that the US is a bully – a view that has been more widely held following the election of the narcissistic Donald Trump is a threat to the belief in democracy. One only has to observe the criticisms in these pages – many of which are by Americans, to understand that. I unlike you, find it impossible at find any merit in the policies and actions of the Castro regime because I believe in the freedom of the individual, not in repression.

  • May 25, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    I was lucky to visit Cuba last fall. I’m an American raised here. German/English heritage. The visit to Cuba had a huge impact on me. It was being exposed to a completely different reality. Americans are very divided over Cuba. Really they’re very divided overall. But anytime you talk about Socialism the debate goes to extreme levels. As an American, I see the situation with Cuba as extremely complex. I will say that I admire the challenge in the face of empire that Castro led. Do I agree with everything associated with it, no. Who agrees with anything any government does. My point is Cuba is complex. Probably the most complex foreign power in the US back yard.

  • May 25, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Mr. Legon must be suffering from selective amnesia. Prior to the communist revolution there were no food shortages in Cuba. Putting the blame for the Castro economic disaster on the USA is the only propaganda tool left for the old communist guard.

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