Cuba Restores Website Censorship

A government cybercafe where Cubans must pay an average week's salary for one hour's connection.
A government cybercafe where Cubans must pay an average week’s salary for one hour’s connection.  Photo: trabajadores.cu

HAVANA TIMES — The temporary unblocking of several Cuba related websites proved to be only a momentary lapse of those in charge at the Telecommunications Ministry of deciding what information can circulate on the island.

Over the last two days several sources reported to Havana Times that sites such as Revolico.com (classifieds), 14ymedio (Yoani Sanchez new blog), cubanet.org and the Cubaencuentro journal are once again unavailable even at hotels where tourists connect.

The information about the restored website censorship comes from users connecting at workplaces, hotels and public government cybercafés.

Access to Internet in Cuba is highly restricted by economic limitations as the high price (US $5.00- $7.50 per hour) means for the most part that only Cubans who receive remittances from abroad or who have successful legal or illegal businesses can afford to connect. Others with access are trusted government employees and some Communist Party members.

 


14 thoughts on “Cuba Restores Website Censorship

  • June 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm
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    BIG brother prohibited free access to information. Little brother is merely complying. There is a problem! TRUTH WILL OUT!

  • June 26, 2014 at 12:42 pm
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    Dan, I understand your desire to defend Cuba it is your country.. Moses is not attacking Cuba, as one who has been born in a free country and is married to a Cuban, he bases his comments upon the reality of the effects of the Castro regime upon the people of Cuba.
    I too am married to a Cuban and my home is in Cuba. I too come from a free democratic country and I too wish to see a free Cuba. Every day I witness the effects of Castro socialismo upon our neighbours, friends and family. The consequences of fifty five years of Castro family dictatorship are that as Diaz-Canel has admitted the people of Cuba live in poverty.
    How do you measure the success of socialismo? By the restriction of access to information from the free world?
    By the prohibition of alternative political views? By the failure of Cuba to meet the UN Charter of Human Rights?
    We have neighbours in our town in Cuba existing in wooden shacks with holes stuffed with rags to keep out the wind. But new houses are being built for President Raul Castro Ruz’s military. Do you accept that as ‘progress’? I applaud your pride in being a Cubano but it is necessary to differentiate between the Castro regime and the people of Cuba. They are not synonymous. People like Moses and I will continue to urge and advocate for your liberation because we have experienced its benefits and hope to see you free. Is that a bad wish or do you want to continue having the people of Cuba in bondage?

  • June 25, 2014 at 9:11 am
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    Moses, you don’t cede a point, ever. No matter how well settled. And you are spending way too much time here for a grown man w/ a family – if posting here isn’t your job. Chico, you’re not even Cuban. Doesn’t do much for your credibility.

  • June 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm
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    Global warming? Fidel was no more prescient than Al Gore or Sean Penn. No special credit due there. Imperialists bomb and invade? The right is no more guilty of this than the left. Fidel’s hands are dripping with the blood of lives lost because of his guerrilla activities in Africa and South America. Again, nothing special owed to Fidel here. Finally, you mention the advance of Wall Street without the advance of the economy as a whole as something Fidel predicted? Prove it. Take your head out of Castro’s butt. He is hardly owed this level of hero-worship. He is responsible for so much harm and heartache to the Cuban people that even if he stood on the corner tomorrow handing out $100 bills for the rest of his days, he couldn’t make up for the deaths and hardships he has caused.

  • June 24, 2014 at 12:44 pm
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    Cows you say ? Maybe not. But he was sure right about global warming, how a unipolar world would be an open invitation for the imperialists to bomb and invade whoever they please for what ever reason they choose, the utter disconnect of modern financial markets from a productive economy, the USA’s continued efforts to subvert any government that is not subservient, unjustifiable and relentless concentration of wealth… I’d go on, but I have to get back to trying to make a living.

  • June 24, 2014 at 2:46 am
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    Fidel hasn’t been right for years (in more than one sense of the word).
    His reign destroyed Cuba.
    While myopic nerds praise the “urban agriculture” food production as a whole in Cuba goes down.
    Calling Cuba a “beachhead for Economic Democracy” while it even doesn’t have free trade unions and freedom of speech will not fool any Cuban. It will just make them laugh. They had enough of the “loony left” propaganda to laugh about already. Now it gets boring.

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