Sunday, August 20, 2006

Cuban journalism

In Cuba, all media are owned and controlled by the regime. This has been the case for close to 47 years. Newspapers, television stations, magazines, radio stations ... they are all part and parcel of the propaganda aparatus.

And their job is not disseminate news but to disseminate the right type of news. That is, whatever the regime decides is news.

And so, when an employee of one of these outlets gets to "interview" the "temporary" president, Raul Castro, you except ... well, you expect him to ask the right type of questions. Never mind that this is a world exclusive - the first interview by the younger Castro since taking over on 31 July.

The man asking the tough, probing questions is identified as Lazaro Barredo Medina. Read the whole thing here, as published by Granma, the main newspaper in Cuba.


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