the Five censored in U.S.
June 23.— The International Committee for the
Freedom of the Cuban 5 today gave an example of U.S.
media censorship in relation to the case of the
Cuban anti-terrorists incarcerated in the United
journalist from the CNN network was interested in
covering Gerardo Hernandez's exhibit of cartoons he
created in prison, Humor from my Pen and
set up an interview, as a communiqué from the
group notes, as reported by PL.
The interview took place on June 3
in the SPARC Gallery, a former prison in the city of
Venice, with organizers from the International
Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 in both
Spanish and English. The CNN journalist also
interviewed the Executive Director of SPARC, Debra
"We did not know just how much the
journalist knew about the case of the Cuban 5 but
after more than 3 hours she learned not only about
the artistic talents displayed in Gerardo's cartoons
but also about the deep injustice that he and his
four brothers have been enduring for 13 years for
defending their country, Cuba, against terrorism,"
the communiqué continues.
The journalist did not know how long
it would take before the Committee would know if the
interview was going to be aired but mentioned that
her editor wanted to find someone with a different "point
of view" to "balance" the story. Their surprise
about the interview was even greater when they were
told that the "balanced" segment was complete and
going to be aired on a program of CNN called
"Encuentro" on Wednesday, June 15 at 2pm PST.
However, it was not broadcast
because of "an ’executive decision’ not to air the
segment." This reveals the persistent attitude of
the U.S. media in concealing the truth about the
case of the Five.
The communiqué emphasizes, "So many
times we hear about freedom in the United States
with a free media that covers all points of views;
but in the end it is those at the top of the media
chain of command who will determine what is news and
Where is this free media when it
comes to covering the case of the Cuban 5? •