Yosvani Anzardo Hernández
UPDATED, Sept. 26, 2009 — Anzardo was released from custody on Sept. 23, complete with an apology from a police official.
Cuba's independent journalists and bloggers are at the vanguard of the movement for freedom in Cuba. Overcoming political and technological obstacles, the bear witness to the reality of Cuba today.
Which is why, like what happened to Yosvani Anzardo Hernández, they are sometimes arrested by the Castro secret police.
More than a week after his arrest, Anzardo, editor of the Candonga digital magazine, remains in jail.
Read about him here.
Two bloggers, Luis Felipe González Rojas and Yosvany Anzardo Hernández, were arrested and beaten by police in the eastern city of Holguín on 10 September and their computers were confiscated. González was released after four hours but Anzardo is still being held. His detention brings the number of detained journalists in Cuba to 26.
The interview González recently gave to Miami-based Radio Marti was the probable reason for his arrest. He also keeps a blog called Animal de Ancatarilla (www.cubaencuentro.com).
Anzardo is the editor of Candonga (www.candonga.org), an online newspaper for Cubans in Cuba that is currently inaccessible. He has also been reporting for the Miami-based website Payo Libre for more than three years. Payo Libre editor Pablo Rodriguez Carvajal said Anzardo has not been able to communicate with his family since his arrest.
“The authorities are going out of their way to stifle any online expression of the civil society that is emerging in Cuba,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This censorship reflects the government’s refusal to accept the current and future changes on the island, which are escaping its control.”
Be sure to read the whole Reporters Without Borders report, which also details some of the barriers to Internet access on the island.