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El Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos (OCDH) condenó este lunes la "escalada represiva contra los periodistas independientes" en la Isla.

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Los periodistas Henry Constantín Ferreiro y Sol García Basulto, ambos becados por la Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa para participar en el evento SipConnect 2017, fueron impedidos de salir de la Isla, denunció la organización.

Ambos jóvenes debieron llegar el martes 20 de junio en la noche a Miami para asistir a la conferencia digital que se celebra desde el pasado 21 de junio hasta este viernes.

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14ymedio, Havana, 4 May 2017 — Journalists Sol García Basulto and Henry Constantín were summoned Thursday to Camagüey’s Third Police Unit, where they were threatened with having their homes searched and the equipment they use to do their work confiscated if they do not stop “publishing on social networks and in independent magazines.” An official, … Continue reading "Camaguey Police Prohibit Sol Garcia and Henry Constantin From Exercising Journalism" Continue reading

Fuerzas del régimen prohibieron ejercer el periodismo a Henry Constantín y Sol García Basulto.

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Fuerzas del régimen citaron este miércoles a los periodistas independientes Henry Constantín y Sol García Basulto para que comparezcan en la mañana de este jueves en la unidad policial conocida como la Tercera en Camagüey, según denunciaron ambos a DIARIO DE CUBA.

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Pocas acciones de la oposición y la disidencia hacen tanto daño al régimen autoritario como el periodismo independiente que pone de manifiesto diariamente los excesos, debilidades, corrupciones y contradicciones del sistema estatal centralizado en política y economía, impuesto en Cuba y mantenido por la fuerza, en nombre de un socialismo que no se ve por ninguna parte.

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14ymedio, Havana, 23 March 2017 – This Wednesday the gates have begun to close around independent journalist Sol Garcia Basulto, who has been charged with the crime of “usurpation of legal capacity.” (In other words, “practicing journalism without a license.”) The correspondent for this newspaper in Camaguey is facing a sentence of between three months and … Continue reading "Legal Process Opens Against ‘14ymedio’ Reporter in Camagüey" Continue reading

La periodista independiente de La Hora de Cuba, Sol García Basulto, fue "acusada" este miércoles en la unidad número 3 de la Policía Nacional Revolucionaria (PNR) de Camagüey, por el primer teniente Pacheco de "delito de usurpación de la capacidad legal".

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La Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (SIP) rechazó este martes la acusación del Gobierno cubano contra el periodista Henry Constantín Ferreiro por el delito de "usurpación de capacidad legal" por ejercer el periodismo, reportó EFE.

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El régimen busca condenar por presunta "usurpación de capacidad legal" al periodista independiente Henry Constantín Ferreiro, director de la revista La Hora de Cuba y vicepresidente regional para la Isla de la Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (SIP), confirmó él mismo a este diario.

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14ymedio, Havana, 17 March 2017 – Journalist Henry Constantin, director of La Hora de Cuba (Cuba Hour) magazine and regional vice president of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA), was formally charged Friday with the crime of “usurpation of legal capacity,” he told 14ymedio. Constantin received a subpoena for the third Police Station in the city of Camagüey … Continue reading "Police Accuse Journalist Henry Constantin Of “Usurpation Of Legal Capacity” / 14ymedio" Continue reading

La Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (SIP) pidió el jueves a la comunidad internacional y al Gobierno de Estados Unidos, "interceder por la injusta acusación en contra del periodista Henry Constantín Ferreiro, su vicepresidente regional por Cuba de la Comisión de Libertad de Prensa e Información, acusado por el delito de 'propaganda enemiga' y cuyos cargos le serán notificados por la Fiscalía el lunes próximo".

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Henry Constantín, director de la publicación independiente La Hora de Cuba, fue liberado el miércoles después de 36 horas bajo arresto en los calabozos de una unidad de investigaciones de la Policía en Camagüey.

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La Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa (SIP) condenó la detención en Cuba de Henry Constantín Ferreiro, vicepresidente regional de su Comisión de Libertad de Prensa e Información, y director de la revista La Hora de Cuba al tiempo que exigió su liberación y reiteró la urgencia de incluir las garantías a las libertades de expresión y de prensa dentro del marco de la política de acercamiento de Estados Unidos con el Gob

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14ymedio, 30 December 2016 — The Inter-American Press Association (IAPA) has named independent journalist Henry Constantín Ferreiro as regional vice president for Cuba. Director of the magazine La Hora de Cuba and a resident of the city of Camagüey, the reporter told 14ymedio that he intends to defend and spread “the reality of journalism” on the island from his … Continue reading "Inter-American Press Association Names Henry Constantin Vice President for Cuba / 14ymedio" Continue reading
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Henry Constantín Ferreiro fue elegido el jueves por la Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa vicepresidente regional para Cuba de la organización, confirmó a DIARIO DE CUBA el propio periodista independiente.

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On Sunday night, the activist Henry Constantín was detained at Customs at the Ignacio Agramonte International Airport of Camaguey, on his arrival from Miami. The dissident was taken to a police station where they confiscated his cellphone and laptop, according to what he told 14ymedio. The independent journalist was released around ten at night and … Continue reading "Police Confiscate Activist Henry Constantín’s Phone And Computer / 14ymedio" Continue reading

El periodista independiente de La Hora de Cuba, Henry Constantín, fue detenido por agentes de la Seguridad del Estado en el Aeropuerto Internacional Ignacio Agramonte, de Camagüey.

Constantín relató a DIARIO DE CUBA que regresaba después de una estancia de 14 días en Estados Unidos, adonde había viajado para participar de un seminario organizado por el Centro de Estudios Cubanos y Cubanoamericanos en la Universidad de Miami.

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14ymedio, Henry Constantin, New York, 31 May 2016 — This video is mute. Like Josefina Vidal, an official from Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations (MINREX), and José Ramón Cabañas, Cuba’s ambassador to the United States, when I asked them questions that they did not expect, after their lecture on “normalization” at the Latin American Studies Association … Continue reading "When Will the Government of Cuba Have Normal Relations With the Cuban People? / 14ymedio, Henry Constantin" Continue reading
14ymedio, Henry Constantin, Washington, 2 May 2016 — “There is nothing: No power, no water, no supplies in hospitals, there is no aspirin, no food, no security,” said Venezuelan Deputy Angel Medina in a debate on Venezuela organized last week by the Inter-American Dialogue Center of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. “Venezuela is worse than … Continue reading "“Venezuela Is Worse Than Cuba” / 14ymedio, Henry Constantin" Continue reading
[caption id="attachment_38309" align="aligncenter" width="623"] [1] Filmmaker Fernando Pérez during the interview with Henry Constantin[/caption]14ymedio, Henry Constantin, Camagüey, 21 January 2015 -- I interviewed Fernando Pérez in a small room of that little movie theater is still left in Camagüey one day after the premiere of his latest production, La pared de las palabras (Wall of Words), a stellar film about which I didn’t ask a single question. I decided not to interview the film director and instead question the intellectual, the public figure who contributes more than just his works to the daily life of Cuba.Fernando Pérez deserves, and can handle, any difficult question one can think of. His films, never boring and with noteworthy depth, reveal a certain level of social nonconformity and demonstrate high cinematographic and intellectual capacities that transform the slim and modest man into a very serious subject. Despite being thoroughly deserving, the cinematographer isn’t inflated with the airs of a great artist or a prominent public figure and treats with kindness both his public and the press.I had to ask him a complicated or daring question in the scarce minutes of my interview because there was little I hadn’t heard following his eloquent speeches before the camagüeyano audiences that had welcomed him in various places throughout the day.Constantin. Following the prohibition of privately owned movie theaters, do you, cinematographers, still include in your proposals for the Cinema Law the independent distribution and showing of films?Peréz. We’ve advanced a proposal that, of course, includes the distribution, showing, and preservation of our patrimony.Regarding showings, there are very few venues that meet the requirements of a real movie theater. There are generations of youths that don’t know what a real movie theater is, even in a moment where the ways of showing and distributing films have diversified, for better or for worse. Rescuing the quality of movie theaters is fundamental. I can watch a movie in a smaller screen, on a laptop even, I don’t oppose that, but its true place is in a movie theater, not because it’s dark or because it is projected on a larger screen, it’s because of the energy generated from watching it alongside a live audience. It’s as if you were living within another movie altogether. Our movie theaters have either lost their intended purpose at the expense of other varied activities or, due to decay, have ceased to operate completely. “Personal initiative would generate better results than having to wait for centralized decisions to be passed down.” On the other hand, distribution is still centralized within The Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC). We need to debate an editorial policy that is concrete and safe because there are national works – and I’m not talking about the international ones – that are not shown due to an editorial policy that is unclear. That needs to be regulated as well; it can’t be subjected to circumstantial or temporary decisions.Q. Does your proposed Cinema Law conceive the ICAIC as the sole entity charged with distributing and showing films in Cuba?A. Not exactly, although we don’t have all the answers, but distributing and showing is an extensive process that depends on a financial framework that we neither manage nor will. But, we are considering and analyzing the possibility of a breakup, a decentralization of many of these activities, where independent initiatives, regulated but not controlled, can generate improvements and also experience a more dynamic growth themselves.I think that beyond Cuba’s audiovisual industry, having a centralized pyramidal social structure has caused many aspects of our reality to be plagued by processes that delay, that don’t find solutions, that aren’t dynamic, and that are bureaucratized because they depend on centralized decisions that cannot respond to everything. More freedom to operate and act would facilitate personal initiative, and personal initiative would generate better results than having to wait for centralized decisions to be passed down.This structural relaxation has to somehow be envisioned as part of the system we would like to have. I can’t give you concrete solutions because we are, in fact, debating. We don’t want them to come only from us; we want to explore them with other regulatory entities in our country. Not everything will be feasible immediately.We feel like that policy is not yet outlined, or like we don’t know where it’s going, or that it’s too centralized, that it starts on a routinely straight line that is very difficult to divert. “Maybe Tania foresaw that it wouldn’t happen and that was the real performance, none at all.” Q. From what I’ve seen within your work, you strike me as a person who believes that art can serve to change the world you live in. How do you see the relationship between art and politics? A. Art needs to relate and mingle with life and also have its own discourse within that relationship, holding the person at the center of it all. While politics delves into the general, art targets the particular. Politics can serve art, by always upholding the freedom of expression that art needs, and art can serve politics, by rendering its reality more complex without becoming propaganda. If art becomes political propaganda, its reach becomes limited.Q. I asked you that question because I was interested in knowing your opinion regarding Tania Bruguera’s performance and all that occurred around it.A. Tania Bruguera’s situation has been very, very, very complicated. I think that it is possible that at some point an open microphone can be placed on Revolution Square. What happened was that Tania proposed it at a time when she knew it wasn’t possible. For a performance to have a deliberate result, it needs to account for its possible reach. Maybe Tania foresaw that it wouldn’t happen and that was the real performance, none at all. So, the performance was the whole process, the waves of detentions, censorship… it wasn’t the microphone for people to speak through. That will happen someday, but not now.Translated by Fernando Fornaris[1] http://translatingcuba.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Fernando-PACrez-entrevista-Henry-Constantin_CYMIMA20150121_0001_13.jpg Continue reading
14ymedio, Reinaldo Escobar, Havana, 28 August 2014 – Henry Constantin is a native of Camagüey province, born in Las Tunas on Valentine’s Day, 30 years ago. He has been expelled from university three times for his ideas, but still believes he … Continue reading Continue reading
CUBA IN FOCUS – New book edited by Ted A. Henken, Miriam Celaya, and Dimas Castellanos Article by Ted Henken, from his blog, El Yuma Those of you who follow me on Twitter @ElYuma will already know that just over … Continue reading Continue reading
I have been to Korea a couple of times and the memory of it feels like a weight on my chest. People there work from sunup for a monthly salary that only gets them through a week. They do not … Continue reading Continue reading
A lighthouse at the entrance of a bay: a sexual metaphor, or a social one, if we see the bay as part of that Cuba that isn’t fertilized, even if the lives of millions of Cubans have been spent in … Continue reading Continue reading
The University belongs to the Revolutionaries, says the slogan on a central wall of the University of Camagüey, the first opened by the government of the older brother, Big Brother, in the gray gray gray years of the seventies, on … Continue reading Continue reading
UMAP: Citizens’ force used for the good of society. Brilliant initiative of military cadres. A common school, half in ruins, half with children in uniform, with its Cuban flag and signs on the walls. The boys talk among themselves, then … Continue reading Continue reading
I will not site this trip in any place in Cuba because it could have taken place in any of the thousands of fields in this country with any of the hundreds of thousands Cuban peasants. I’ve had travel companions … Continue reading Continue reading
Nemesia Rodriguez is the most famous person from the Zapata Swamp. She lives in Soplillar, which is nothing more than houses around a ball field near Playa Larga, in a simple masonry house with iron railings at the door and … Continue reading Continue reading
As usual, at this time of year Varadero is full of foreign tourists. The best beach and the most stunning hotels in Cuba are full of workers, employees, small business owners, retirees, professionals and young recent graduates from the remote … Continue reading Continue reading
Unbelievable. Some time ago the post office left at my house an envelope full of my maps that I had inadvertently left behind at a little house in Sierra del Cristal, back east. The extraordinary thing is that they arrived … Continue reading Continue reading
I came to Cienaga Zapata — the Zapata Swamp — a few days ago, without housing or transportation or mosquitoes or crabs on the roads, only with guidance from a battered map and the goodwill of all the swamp dwellers … Continue reading Continue reading
What you see is the work of the REVOLUTION Thank you Fidel for the first meal of the Revolution Below: The village of Santo Tomas  18 April 2013 Tweet Continue reading
Fifteen kilometers to the south of Ciego de Ávila, in the center of Cuba, there is another failed town, the outbuildings of the demolished central Stewart, that today is called Venezuela. One more ruin. Venezuela was once a thriving town. … Continue reading Continue reading
What makes a city is its people. The Capitol is not the most important thing in Havana, nor are the abundance of churches and alleys what is most striking of Camagüey, nor is the Moncada Barracks the greatest thing in … Continue reading Continue reading
A beheaded Indian atop his white horse races around Las Tunas, this faded and drab Eastern balcony what I love so much because there they have loved me. The Indian is a bad omen, according to the elders of Las … Continue reading Continue reading
La Mensura is nearly a kilometer high and 25 individual and dusty kilometers from Mayari, there in the eastern part of Holguin province, Cuba. One kilometer in height that becomes an infinite zigzag to climb, although most travelers find it … Continue reading Continue reading
The professor enters the classroom and reads the blackboard. Who wrote this? I raise my hand and she looks at me with a certain threat while she thinks. The entire lecture hall of journalism, second year, expectant. On the blackboard, … Continue reading Continue reading
I want to talk about breathtaking scenery, as Cuba has a ton, of people in solidarity with the traveler, of which there are also thousands on the island, but it fell through. In those moments the journey beat me, short … Continue reading Continue reading
After giving a lot of thought to Cuban mountains I realized that I have a tremendous obsession with the Escambray, in the center of the island. It fascinates me far more than the famous Sierra Maestra, the mountain range that … Continue reading Continue reading
This time I will talk about Camagüey, after many trips to my city, trips that are always of return and obligatory because with it, without my neighborhood of La Vigia, without the alleys, the dilapidated rail, the vibrant Republica Street, … Continue reading Continue reading