From a Cuban jail
So, credit where credit is due.
Jeremy Gerard, an editor at Bloomberg News, has just written a must-read plea for the release of Normando Hernandez Gonzalez, a 37-year-old independent journalist who was one of the 75 dissidents sent to prison by the Castro regime during the Black Spring of 2003.
Hernandez is serving a 25-year sentence (read that again - 25 years!) for "crimes against the State".
His crimes? Writing a series of articles exposing some of the shortcomings in the regime's much-vaunted health and education systems - you know, the kind of articles that would probably win prizes for investigative journalism in the West.
According to Bloomberg, Hernandez he is suffering from tuberculosis and a chronic parasitic infection, both contracted in prison. His family fear he will die in prison. Soon.
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