arrested for covering protests against the dictatorship
Cuban independent journalist Camila Acosta, contributor to the Spanish newspaper ABC in Havana, She was released after spending four days in prison and will be under house arrest. The newspaper reported on Friday.
Acosta She was arrested last Monday by Cuban agents as she left her home, from which they took work equipment such as her computer, for alleged crimes against state security., an accusation often used in the country against opponents, according to ABC.
The day before, he was covering the protests on Sunday July 11 in Havana.It is the largest for over six decades in the Caribbean nation.
Authorities charged the journalist with “contempt” and “disturbing public order”., according to relatives said the ABC.
The newspaper confirms that Camila Acosta is her correspondent in Havana, while The Cuban regime rejects this because it does not have the official certification of a foreign press worker.
Acosta is a well-known Cuban freelance journalist With critical attitudes towards the government of Miguel Diaz-Canel. He also worked in the portal Cubanet, one of the main opposition media, and has been arrested on several occasions.
His arrest had a strong impact on Spain, The Spanish Federation of Journalists’ Unions (FAPE) and the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Alparís, demanded his “immediate release”.
During Sunday’s protests, clashes erupted and hundreds of people were arrested. Among them are activists, opponents and independent journalists, according to international organizations.
Some detainees were released, while others remained in police stations and prisons across the country, while the government did not provide details of the arrests.
Independent Cuban journalists Last year they denounced the increased harassment by the authorities, from house arrest to police summons, through the confiscation of tools or Internet access restrictions.
400 arrested / missing
At the same time, Human Rights Watch (HRW) denounced: Five days after the social outbreak in Cuba, to exist “About 400 people” were arrested / disappeared on the island.
“It is not known where many of them are. In many cases, the regime has detained well-known activists and journalists with the clear aim of Prevent them from participating or reporting on protests, confirmed José Miguel Vivanco, executive director of the America division of this NGO.
In a series of messages on his Twitter account, Vivanco also confirmed that “Many of them were arrested as they left their homes or while walking in the street“.
(With information from EFE)