By: Staff Reports
Two Dailies Join CNN, AP in Cuba
The Chicago Tribune and The Dallas Morning News yesterday received
permission to open news bureaus in Havana, Cuba, The Associated
The two daily newspapers join The Associated Press and CNN as the
only U.S.-based news organizations with offices in Cuba.
Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque granted permission to the
newspapers in separate meetings held Thursday with Tribune Co. CEO
John Madigan and Morning News Publisher Burl Osborne. Perez Roque
met with Madigan and Osborne in New York City, where he was attending
the U.N. Millennium Summit this week.
‘The Cuba story is one that needs to be told properly,’ Madigan told
the AP. ‘Being there allows you to do that. We have had a lot of
interest in events in Cuba, and this is another way to bring our
readers in-depth coverage of subjects important to them.’
The Tribune did not mention when it would officially open a bureau.
The Morning News plans to open the Havana bureau and appoint a
bureau chief later this year.
CNN opened a Havana bureau in 1997, followed shortly by the AP. More
than three decades had passed since the Cuban government expelled
the news cooperative’s last Havana-based correspondent.
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