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One imprisoned journalist denied medically-needed exercise; another reports food poisoning due to spoiled meals

(RSF/IFEX) - Prison guards have been refusing to let Normando Hernández González into the exercise yard since 23 April 2007, although his doctors have said he should walk every day because of the tuberculosis and other ailments he has contracted. Hernández González said the exercise ban was a form of revenge by the Cuban government for his continuing to work as a journalist from prison.

In a separate development, Raymundo Perdigón Brito has reported a case of food poisoning in Sancti Spíritus prison on 23 April because of negligence by the prison staff. He has apparently been served spoiled food containing worms and chemical products, he said, and the inmates are worried about a sudden increase in kidney and cardiovascular ailments among them.

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