The White House expressed regret this Friday that Cuba felt the need for the agency to “silence the voices of purposeful journalists.” efe on the island, and attributed that decision The Cuban regime “does not want the world to see what is happening in the country”.
in an interview with efeJuan Gonzalez, the head of Latin America and the Caribbean at the White House, cited the return last Saturday. Press credentials of five journalists from efe In Havana, of which only two have been restored so far.
“When in this context a government, or a regime, needs to silence the voices, especially of objective journalists, it’s because they don’t want the world to see what’s going on or because they’re sorry (It’s a shame) and they know they’re doing it wrong,” Gonzalez said.
The official, who is the US President‘s chief adviser to Latin America, assured Joe Biden that Cuba must respect “fundamental universal rights”, and accept that journalists have a “right” to work, even if governments do not “like” their point of view.
“Cuba has signed agreements at the United Nations that require them to leave expression free of thought, Do not detain any person without reason and let the journalists do their work”, he emphasized.
Gonzalez said Cuba’s response to the July 11 protests showed that “The regime responds with violence to any peaceful protestor, with harsh sentences; And it shows a lack of respect for people.”
Biden’s advisor The disgruntled Unier García did not want to “speculate” whether he could return to Cuba., one of the promoters of the civil march on 15 November, which called for a political change in the country, and who is in Spain with a short-term visa after the Spanish government facilitated his departure from the island.
but he believed that García’s case shows “a conversation is brewing in Cuba” on the future of the country”.
“And it is clear that here, after 62 years, Communism Hasn’t Provided Benefits to the Cuban People That it could (could) happen if the Cubans themselves could be the ones to determine their own future”, Gonzalez said.
Cuban officials On Wednesday he told the Spanish government about the restoration of two other credentials to the journalists of the agency team efe According to Spanish diplomatic sources, Havana was among the five evacuees, after returning two accreditations last Sunday.
Restoration of these credentials will be with the authority to grant journalist visa to the new representative of efe in CubaJuan Palop, appointed by the agency late last July, added sources who have specified that Cuban officials will make these decisions effective “by November 28.”
(with info from EFE)