Thursday, May 10, 2007

In Madrid

And now, for some good news …

Spanish politicians, television celebrities and assorted hangers-on turned up overnight in Madrid for this year’s presentation of the prestigious Ortega y Gasset prizes for journalism.

As you will recall, one of the top prizes went to Raul Rivero, the exiled Cuban writer, poet and journalist.

Aged 62, Mr Rivero has been living in Madrid with his family since 2005 following his release from prison by the Castro regime – but only after considerable international pressure.

He was one of the 75 independent journalists, opposition politicians and other activists arrested in 2003 during the “Black Spring” and sentenced to prison terms of up to 25 years on trumped-up charges.

Described by the Havana propaganda machine as a “mercenary”, Mr Rivero was praised by the judging panel for his "tenacious and committed battle” for journalistic freedom in Cuba.

And that’s one piece of news you are unlikely to see published in the Castro media.


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