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 22, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Very sad to see a man whose 80 yrs of travel throughout the planet haven’t shaken his 10-yr-old beliefs in Castro’s fairy tales. Talk about brainwash and owning a mind forever. Wow, blindness and all its chosen stages are what I read each time I come across an article from Elio. I guess he will never see the light. Truly sad to live all those years with your head in the sand and trying to pull others down with you.

  • May 22, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Why the choice always have to be between Batista and Castro? They both are dead and for me that lived iunder both “governments”. I prefer Batista a least under Batista was economic development and semi free press under Castro only repression and a general aspect of misery. The people of Cuba needs a new democracy with multiple political parties and they would make the choice.

  • May 22, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    David, I am sufficiently aware of the history of the US in regard to the Americas in general and Cuba in particular, to have written a complete chapter upon it in my book. That chapter commences:

    “US policies towards the Latin American countries have been a succession of political blunders of magnitude since the adoption of the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 which said: “Any further efforts by European nations to colonize land or interfere with states in North or South America would be viewed as acts of aggression requiring US intervention.” This thus defined and claimed all the Americas from Canada to Chile as lying within the US sphere of interest. On July 20, 1895 the US Secretary of State wrote to Britain’s Foreign Secretary: “The United States is practically sovereign on this continent and its fiat is law upon the subjects to which it confines its interposition.” The conceit that the US was for example “practically sovereign” over Canada upon which it had declared war when British in June 1812 and endeavored to conquer without success for two years with Washington being invaded and set afire, as well as Latin America is indicative of hegemony.”

    So Dear David, perhaps you may even agree that my view of the US is factual. You also say that the “US and Western press praised the dictator” -whereas i would not disagree with you about the US press, I challenge you to provide an illustration of the “Western press” doing so.
    It is easy for anyone to criticize the US – you mention the police killing more than 600 a year, but that figure palls into insignificance compared with the 12,000 plus, killed in other shootings. What is the answer suggested by the US administration? Arm the teachers!
    As one married to a Cuban and with our home in Cuba, I fully understand the difference between democracy and totalitarianism. It is not the US which enforces rationing in Cuba or creates food shortages – it is the Castro communist regime, and for your information, when we are able on occasion to buy frozen chicken, it is usually produced by TYSON!

  • May 22, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Dear Carlyle. His democratic perception is quite rare. In Cuba there was a capitalist system, as there is in the USA in France or Spain. The American and Western press praised the dictator as if he were an accomplished Democrat. Where do you say there is no barbarism, in the US, where the police kill more than 600 people annually without receiving any punishment? In the country that invades entire countries and destroys them to obtain their natural resources, in the country that generates a total blockade of a small island to force it to die of hunger because it is not subordinated. Do you know what the term democracy means? Rule the people in the US or the financial power of 1%?

  • May 21, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Contrary to Peotr’s claim censorship would still exist in Cuba, Venezuela, and North Korea even without American paranoia and imperialism. While it’s true that siege mentalities can provide the rationale for authoritarianism their socialist ideologies are also an impetus to censorship. Any -ism purporting to provide an all-encompassing worldview that will remake society and save human souls is bound to inspire the suppression of dissent and nonconformity. This is as equally true of Medieval religious fanatics as it is of socialist revolutionaries. Fidel Castro once famously proclaimed that all is permissible within the Revolution while all is forbidden outside the Revolution. He was not speaking of emergency conditions brought on by confrontation with an outside power but of the very nature of his socialist vision.

  • May 21, 2019 at 7:09 am

    The one party dictatorship in Cuba will never achieve anything it’s a complete failure as the economy goes into another tailspin.
    Cuba is a oppresive tyranny built on lies.

  • May 21, 2019 at 6:54 am

    Is this a sophisticated bit of irony? “Leaving people to decide their own preference” is exactly what does NOT happen in Cuba, DPRK and to an extent, Venezuela. When those countries allow their people to have a genuinely free choice in who governs them – unintimidated by the state – then their conditions will improve beyond recognition.

  • May 21, 2019 at 1:19 am

    EU le molestaba el joven de la sierra, y lo hizo todo equivocado con el . Hoy todo es igual con el nuevo presidente ayer yo era niño, hoy soy retirado , todo ha sido igual (votos).

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