Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is taking up the case of Cuban independent journalist Alberto Santiago Du Bouchet, who was arrested April 18 after getting into a dispute with a Cuban policeman. A former political prisoner, Du Bouchet faces up to 4 years in prison if convicted of "disrespect."
RSF sounds the alarm bell for those naive or stupid enough to believe that Raul Castro, part of the Cuban dictatorship for more than 50 years, equals change for Cuba:
“The brakes have been applied to the initial moves towards more openness adopted by Raúl Castro after his formal installation as president in February 2008 and this is the context in which Du Bouchet has been jailed,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Dissident journalists are again finding it hard to get access to the Internet in hotels. They are being constantly harassed by State Security agents.”
In other words, the Cuban embargo on Cubans' ability to report and learn about the reality of life on the island remains.
Read the whole RSF report about the Du Bouchet case here.