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:

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 (classifieds), 14ymedio (Yoani Sanchez new blog), 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

  • BIG brother prohibited free access to information. Little brother is merely complying. There is a problem! TRUTH WILL OUT!

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • “Instances of internet self-censorship”? When? Who? By the US government? We don’t have censorship because it is unconstitutional. You can try to justify the Castros failings by implying that Americans are already brainwashed, but given the number of US-haters who openly live in the US and air their grievances unmolested, that argument won’t fly. Simply Google “anti-Obama”. Thousands of sites, articles, commentaries that originate from with the US. How long would an anti-Castro site survive in Cuba. Not just the site but the developer of that site as well. The reason dissenting voices are tiny and inaudible is because the voices that support democracy and freedom drown them out. No one stifles dissent in the US, we just don’t listen to them.

  • Fidel is right about what? The “ten million ton harvest”? The “super cow”? The schools in the countryside? The fact that within ten years after the fall of the Batista regime that Cuba would have a higher standard of living than the US? Was he right to imprison gays in the UMAP camps? Was he right to urge Khrushchev to initiate a first nuclear strike against the US? Which one of these “Fidelisms” do you believe was a correct decision?

  • I don’t. As I have said before, the US and Western systems do not need censorship. They are well past that. The official message, whether the Conservative or Liberal version, is drummed into ones head from birth. The tiny, almost inaudible voices of dissent can be permitted to exist since they reach only a small fraction of the people, and are contradicted by everything one learns in school, hears in church or sees on TV. For now at least. But there have been instances of internet self-censorship in the US as well.

  • When news of acts of undisputed repression and censorship breaks, the pro-Castro sycophants go predictably silent. It is awkward at best to defend a regime that fears the open exchange of information.

  • Just make sure they don’t log on to Information Clearing House or Truthout. We wouldn’t want them to learn than Fidel is right.

  • No surprise here. Censorship and control over the media are a cornerstone of the regime’s dictatorship. Thank God that new means of communication help Cubans to break the information blockade.

  • si forget la familia Castro

  • Don’t forget la familia Castro,all of them including grandchildren, great grandchildren etc… who have all sites and satellite tv

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