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Thursday May 22, 2014

Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez Denounces Blockade on New Online Publication

Cuban Blogger Yoani Sanchez Denounces Blockade on New Online Publication

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Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez on Wednesday said on Twitter that the island’s communist government locally blocked her new online publication 14ymedio by redirecting viewers to another Web page.

“We’ve been born and we’re already having our first ‘attack’ on digital networks from #Cuba on the URL http://14ymedio.com redirected to another site,” Sanchez said.

The new online publication could be accessed in Cuba early Wednesday morning but soon when users entered the site’s Web address they were directed to a page called “Yoanislandia” full of articles by government bloggers and journalists and several texts critical of Sanchez, Efe was able to determine.

As the blogger said on Twitter, one can currently only access 14ymedio using an anonymous “proxy.”

“Bad strategy by the Cuban government to redirect our Web site ... from #Cuba. Nothing is more attractive than what is prohibited,” Sanchez wrote in another tweet.

Sanchez launched 14ymedio on Wednesday as a new online newspaper in which she says she intends to talk about the Cuban reality with a “commitment to the truth, freedom and the defense of human rights,” and take up the challenge to reach readers both on and outside the island.

The daily, available at www.14ymedio.com, said it is being launched in digital format “in one of the countries with the least Internet connectivity on the entire planet.”

The new online paper says that it is the fruit of the “effort of independent journalism in Cuba to counteract the monopoly of the official media” adding that “we drink from the experience of other publications born in societies that moved toward democracy and where the press played a role in the formation of the civic conscience and in the securing of freedoms.”

In a text published on her famous blog Generacion Y and inserted onto the main page of 14ymedio, Sanchez said that by starting up the online newspaper she was fulfilling a “dream” of launching a project that has been her “obsession” for more than four years.

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