Cuban government blocks access to audio-visual magazine ADN CUBA

From ADN Cuba

HAVANA TIMES – Access to the audio-visual on-line magazine ADNCUBA (Cuba’s DNA), was blocked today by the Cuban government to prevent anyone in Cuba from accessing and seeing the website as confirmed by contributors and readers.

This blockade and digital censorship coincides with the publication in the Cuban newspaper, Gaceta de Cuba, of a series of resolutions purported to guarantee “computer security” in Cuba. The new measures purport to give the Cuban government a legal basis for censorship by prohibiting Cuban citizens from “disseminating information contrary to the social interest”… “through public data transmission networks”- meaning it is now illegal in Cuba for any Cubans to send emails or use social media or any other form of electronic communication to share any information that the Cuban government does not want the public to see, hear or learn about. 

These new resolutions are in violation of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Article 19 recognizes that all individuals “have the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”

The non-profit organization, Reporters Without Borders classified Cuba as No. 168 out of 180 countries in the world ranking of Press Freedom in 2019- meaning there are only 12 countries (such as North Korea and Iran that have more restrictions).

Other recent Cuban government resolutions ban the hosting of Cuban websites on international servers- such as Google and Amazon, and give the Cuban Armed Forces and Interior ministries, fundamental control over what the Cuban government now calls the   “computerization of society.”

www.ADNCUBA.com was placed on the Cuban government’s blacklist to silence the independent press by blocking access to news sites such as 14yMedio, CiberCuba, Tremenda Nota, El Estornudo, Diario de Cuba, Cubanet, and Martí Noticias.

Since the expansion of Internet access in Cuba, many more Cubans were beginning to access  a much more diverse information landscape than the one presented by Cuba’s official media, with its heavily controlled and censored outlets.  The blocking of access to ADN Cuba and the new resolutions about “computer security” clearly appear to be the efforts of a government trying to keep its monopoly over information in a world of new technologies.

According to Ms. Martinez, Cuban citizens have been complaining that the Cuban government is trying to make independent media such as ADN Cuba and the others on the blacklist self-censor and violate journalistic values in favor of echoing the propaganda of the Communist Party that still rules Cuba.

To circumvent this kind of censorship, ADN CUBA has been encouraging its followers in Cuba to keep abreast of news and to see videos from Cuban correspondents in Cuba via the Telegram app by following the link: https://t.me/ADNCUBA. ADN Cuba has also been recommending use of the “Opera” browser for people living inside countries that censor the internet and activating the Opera browser’s integrated free VPN tool for iOS and Android systems, meaning the free virtual private network tool allowing access from inside censored countries to apple and android phones.

For more information about the Cuban government’s efforts to censor ADN CUBA visit: adncuba.com

 


5 thoughts on “Cuban government blocks access to audio-visual magazine ADN CUBA

  • Ronald Struthers is either a failed humorist or a rabid communist, for his comment in favour of censorship can only be interpreted as a very bad joke, or that of one who favours repression by totalitarian regimes. Communists are frightened of freedom of information, because with it comes a desire for freedom of expression and subsequently individuality. Communism is opposed to individuality which inhibits the development of an obedient “mass”.
    Having taken part in a US radio show within the last week, and as one who spends time in Canada, I can vouch that neither country is in “absolute chaos”. That is a classic example of ignorance (or even stupidity) leading to promoting mis-information.
    It is surprising that as one who obviously believes in denying others freedom of speech that Mr. Struthers feels able to use his own!

  • Thank God! Finally the Cuban government has done something that will protect the hearts and minds of its people. They should have done this a long time ago and prevented the absolute chaos that we see take place in Canada in the United States.
    Freedom of speech is not always a good thing particularly will it brings division among people.

  • I don’t know. I’d been reading how our attention is gained here in The West. Our experience is based on what we pay attention too. The higher call is to gain independence from practically all media wherever it comes from ,a tall order indeed.

  • That’s the real Cuba, no freedom of speech nor individual freedom or expression .

  • Could Trump have been right all along?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *