15th Independent Cuban Journo Freed from Prison

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By: E&P Staff

Víctor Rolando Arroyo Carmona, a journalist with news agency Unión de Periodistas y Escritores de Cuba Independientes,  imprisoned since March 2003, was freed from a Cuban prison and flown to Madrid earlier this week, becoming the 15th journalist released from jail since the number of editors and reporters talks between the government of President Raúl Castro and the Catholic Church, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported.

Arroyo was imprisoned during the March 2003 mass arrests of more than 50independent journalists, librarians, economists and others viewed as dissidents by the Communist government.

Five journalists imprisoned during the so-called Black Spring raids remain in jail, CPJ said.

“I am very excited at this new stage in my life, trying to enjoy every little moment,” Arroyo told CPJ in a telephone interview. Arroyo said he had not wanted to leave Cuba, something other freed journalists have also said. “But after considering my family’s well-being and the severe, negative impact that prison conditions had on my health, I decided to accept the offer to come to Spain,” he added.

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