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RSF REPORT CONDEMNS STATE MEDIA MONOPOLY

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF) has just published a report on Cuba, calling on the European Union (EU) to impose stringent conditions on the Cuban government before granting economic aid under an international trade pact.

RSF says the Cuban government, which is applying to join the Cotonou Agreement to receive economic aid and better trade terms from EU countries, must first end its monopoly on the media and release imprisoned journalists.

The RSF report condemns what it calls a "complete absence of press freedom" in the country and demands the release of four journalists imprisoned in Cuba. RSF says prison conditions for the jailed journalists are filthy. One journalist, Bernardo Arévalo Padron, has contracted leptospirosis, a disease spread by rats.

The report also details the constant harassment under which Cuba's independent journalists live, including arrests and intimidation of family members.

See the full report here: www.rsf.org">http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=4553">www.rsf.org

Visit these links:

- Committee to Protect Journalists' 2001 Report: www.cpj.org">http://www.cpj.org/attacks01/americas01/cuba.html">www.cpj.org

- Human Rights Watch 2001 Report: www.hrw.org">http://www.hrw.org/wr2k1/americas/cuba.html">www.hrw.org

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