Another Cuban Journalist Freed

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By: E&P Staff

The 14th journalist jailed during Cuba’s March 2003 crackdown on independent reporters and other dissidents has been released from prison and flown to Spain, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) reported.

CPJ said Juan Adolfo Fernández Saínz arrived in Madrid Friday with his wife and brother-in-law.

“I will continue working as a reporter, telling the world about my seven-year-long unjust captivity, and the stories of my brave colleagues who remain in Cuba,” Fernández Saínz told CPJ.

He said he wished he’d been given a chance to stay in Cuba.  “I accepted that I had to go to Spain because my family, particularly my wife, has been the victim of systematic harassment by the Cuban government lately; we couldn’t take this situation any longer,” he told CPJ in the telephone interview.

Fernández Saínz was a correspondent for the independent news agency Patria when he was jailed during the mass arrests the Black Spring. After negotiations with the Catholic Church on the island in July, Cuba’s  Communist government agreed to release 52 dissidents jailed during the crackdown.

CPJ said six journalists arrested during the 2003 crackdown remain in prison, as does one other journalist who was detained later.

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