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Cuban Blogger Tells VOA Alternative Information Networks are Growing in Cuba

Yoani Sanchez sends video message to VOA.

Well-known Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez tells Voice of America she hopes the growth of information networks in Cuba will lead to an end of the state’s information monopoly in 2011.

In an interview with VOA’s Spanish Service, Sanchez said “the Cuban blogosphere had a gradual growth and enrichment in 2010,” despite the continuing difficulties with Internet access and government censorship.

Sanchez, who also managed to transmit a video message to the VOA website, said, “The year 2010 has been a very important one for the alternative information nets in Cuba, for those of us reporting from here to the world, and to our people about what is happening.”

Sanchez has achieved international fame and won many awards for her critical portrayal of life in Cuba under its current government. She is best known for her blog, “Generación Y” (Generation Y), which she is able to publish by emailing entries to friends outside the country who then post them online.

Sanchez said “the alternative blogosphere has grown and has been very rich on information. Now, we have more pluralism and diversity."

She said she hopes 2011 will see the “definitive ending of the state monopoly in information” in Cuba. “We hope to conquer more spaces and especially more diversity in this island (Cuba) where one day we will finally have space for all of us,” she told VOA in her video message.

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