Photo: Yoani Sanchez
Dissident Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez said Wednesday that on May 21 she will launch her new independent digital newspaper, 14ymedio, with which she wants “to tell about Cuba from inside Cuba.”
“14ymedio is being born with nothing to hide. The information with regard to its editorial line, ethical commitments and finances, will be able to be read on the Web page that will be operating starting next May 21,” she announced on her blog Generacion Y.
Sanchez, 38, is approaching her new project aware of the fact that “it will be a difficult road” and she says that Cuba’s official media will try to “demonize” her.
“Already, in fact, several people from our working team have received the first warning calls from State Security. However, we have nothing to be embarrassed about,” she said.
Sanchez hopes that 14ymedio “will help and accompany the necessary transition that will occur” in Cuba and will become “a space devoted to the narration of a reality” where there are opponents of the Cuban government “but also other people who applaud the current system, out of conviction, opportunism or fear.”
In recent years, Sanchez has become one of the critical voices most recognized outside the island because of Generacion Y, which has won her many international awards, including the Ortega and Gasset Prize for Digital Journalism in 2008 and the Maria Moors Cabot Award presented by Columbia University in 2009.
In Cuba, where the Communist Party monopolizes politics, all mass media are controlled by the state and the only independent publications that circulate on the island belong to the Catholic Church.
Nevertheless, the Internet in recent times has become a space where critical voices may be raised.