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March 28, 2006 / gus3

Shining Light on Castro’s Oppression

In this case, the "light" is the EMF of the Internet.

Guillermo Fariñas has been on a hunger strike for 57 days and counting, to highlight the outrageous suppression of free communication in Cuba. In the Reporters Without Borders Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2005, Cuba ranked #161 out of 167 nations, for precisely the reasons Fariñas wants us to know.

Are you shocked? Here is another shocker for you:

The Google search for "guillermo farinas" has 7 of the top 10 links going to blogs. The identical Yahoo search has 9 of the top 10 links going to blogs.

None of the top 10 links on either search will take you to a major news outlet. Not CNN.com. Not MSNBC.com. Not the New York Times. Not FoxNews.com. (That’s surprising.) Even the special "News" searches don’t show any attention from the media powerhouses, whose livelihoods depend on the very freedoms Guillermo Fariñas seeks for himself and his fellow Cubans.

This is the legacy of Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, and Peter Jennings: Once again, the "accredited journalists" can’t be bothered. They’re too busy trying to tear down George W. Bush.

Shame on them.

In the meantime, the blogs are getting the real story out. Muchas gracias, Sr. Babalu.

¡Abajo Fidel!

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