HAVANA (Reuters) – U.S. social media firm Twitter Inc has blocked the accounts of Cuban Communist Get together Chief Raul Castro, his daughter Mariela Castro and Cuba’s best state-operate media retailers, a move the Cuban Union of Journalists denounced as “massive censorship”.
FILE Picture: Cuba’s 1st Secretary of the Communist Occasion and previous President Raul Castro (L) talks with Cuba’s Overseas Minister Bruno Rodriguez for the duration of an celebration with Russian Overseas Minister Sergei Lavrov (not pictured) at the Capitol, in Havana, Cuba July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Fernando Medina/File Image
Dozens of accounts of journalists for Cuban point out-run media as nicely as the official account for the Communications Ministry were being also blocked in the crackdown late on Wednesday.
Twitter did not describe or forewarn of the measure, point out-operate media wrote on their websites. The enterprise did not straight away reply to a ask for for remark.
The Cuban Union of Journalists mentioned the platform had suspended specific accounts in the past which had been recovered.
The go arrived just as President Miguel Diaz-Canel was addressing the country on state-operate Tv set, warning of an strength crisis owing to U.S. sanctions.
“What is new here is the massive scope of this act of cybernetic warfare, plainly planned, that aims to restrict the independence of expression of Cuban institutions and citizens and to silence the leaders of the revolution” it said in a statement.
Some independent Cuban journalists commented ironically on the reality officers of a authorities which has a monopoly on general public spaces and standard media in a a single celebration condition have been complaining of censorship.
Independent journalism in Cuba is tolerated but not lawful and the internet sites of many different stores that are crucial of the govt are blocked on the island. Locals need to use virtual non-public networks to access them.
“Official Cuban push discovers ‘freedom of expression’ many thanks to Twitter,” wrote 14ymedio, the digital information outlet run by prominent dissident Yoani Sanchez.
Cuba was highlighted on the checklist of 10 most censored international locations throughout the world produced this week by the Committee to Defend Journalists (CPJ), headquartered in New York.
Extended just one of the world’s the very least linked international locations, Cuba has been speedily growing web obtain in new years, introducing cell internet last December.
Cuban officers piled on to Twitter last yr after Diaz-Canel opened an account and identified as for them to be a lot more in contact with the persons. Some do respond to citizen feedback but critics complain most just retweet authorities statements.
Reporting by Sarah Marsh Modifying by David Gregorio