One of the reporters declared persona non grata and told to leave the island as soon as his visa expired was Gary Marx from The Chicago Tribune.
Now there is an interesting background report and interview with Marx published in the US magazine The Nation.
The piece confirms what many of us have always suspected: that the Castro regime systematically manipulates the foreign media - while keeping a very close eye on what individual correspondents write or broadcast.
As the magazine says, reporters are kept “on a tight leash”.
Marie Sanz, who was the AFP correspondent in Havana for four years, told The Nation that the Communist regime much prefers foreign reporters she described as “starry-eyed reporters”. That is, those who won’t rock the boat.
"The Cubans should never be underestimated in this propaganda war," Ms Sanz said. "They know what the foreign press wants and how it works. They play hardball."
Spot on, I think.