HAVANA TIMES, Oct. 14 – The U.S. University of Columbia regretted that the Cuban government did not grant an exit permit to blogger Yoani Sánchez, who should have received during a ceremony in New York a mention of the Maria Moors Cabot prizes from that centre of higher learning.
The dean of the School of Journalism, Nicholas Lemann, said that the island’s authorities should consider the 34-year-old philologist’s blog as a sign that Cuban young people are ready to take Cuba toward a better future, reported IPS.
Sanchez is Cuba’s most well known blogger internationally. She gained considerable fame for her criticisms of the Cuban government through acrid portrails of daily life on the island. Her site, Generation Y, is blocked on the island, even for the small percentage of the population that has Internet.