For years, getting the nod from Havana to interview the supposedly coy dictator, complete with his olive green fatigues, was seen as a huge journalistic “scoop” by most reporters.
It still is.
According to the regime’s official propaganda sheet, Granma, an estimated 2,000 journalists “from all over the world” have requested an interview with Castro in the past year.
This intriguing statistic appears in this article announcing the launch by the regime over the weekend of yet another book about the seemingly alive but seriously ailing Comandante en Jefe.
It’s a tome of interviews with Castro over the years by four of the regime’s best known apologists: Frei Betto, Gianni Mina, Tomas Borge and Ignacio Ramonet.
Its characteristically modest title translates roughly as, "Those Lucky Interviewers Who Spoke to Fidel".