Cuba Gov. Unblocks Several Websites

Cubans in line to check their e-mail or use the Internet.
Cubans in line to check their e-mail or use the Internet.

HAVANA TIMES — Numerous websites previously blocked in Cuba have suddenly become available, reports Progreso Semanal. What’s not clear is whether the change represents a policy shift or is a temporary error by the censors.

The leading Cuban classified ads site,, and the critical Cubaencuentro publication, both banned for years, were visible in Havana and several provinces on Thursday.

For the small minority with a fast enough connection, Skype was also working, something that could revolutionize the way Cubans communicate with family and friends abroad if massively made available.

Observers note that since there was never any public information on what sites were being blocked by the Cuban government and why, it is possible that no official mention would be made about any unblocking.

Likewise, they noted that it is too soon to tell whether the change represents a real opening to information and services or is just an error to be quickly remedied.

Even with websites that had not been previously blocked, at the workplace level, employees exercise self-censorship to avoid problems with State management, which routinely keeps tabs on who visits which websites, with a keen eye for those that present articles critical of the government and its leaders.

10 thoughts on “Cuba Gov. Unblocks Several Websites

  • June 22, 2014 at 2:25 am

    You will lose that bet, John.
    When the Castro’s are removed the elite will scramble to seize the best assets and deal with the US.
    Regretfully “Russian oligarch” scenario becomes every day more likely.
    It seems that in your case “support of a dictator as long as he is anti-capitalist” springs to mind.
    The ones that are inflicting poverty on the Cuban people is the Castro elite that destroyed the country.

  • June 21, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    This is good, but knowing that this is against the communist ideology I have my doubts that it is true.

    I was once 8 meters above the ground in a very unstable scaffolder helping a friend to install a parabolic antenna to watch those TV channels that were exclusive for foreigners in Cuba. I couldn’t convince him that the government one day would ask him to take the antenna down. He asked: Why would the government stop me from watching these channels if there is nothing political or against the revolution on them? It is all cartoons, movies and documentaries.

    He probably couldn’t see himself sitting in a high level communist meeting where the main subject was to address that issue. And visualise the main players panicking and asking: if people have access to other TV program even if they are not political they are going to stop watching our channels and we will not have a way to indoctrinate them. It is like disconnecting the cable to the brain, the drip to the vein.

    If Cubans could choose what to think and what to do, that is a big problem for the communist ideology.

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