Cuban government urged to let Guillermo Fariñas collect Sakharov Prize in Strasbourg in December

first_img May 6, 2020 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more News Organisation to go further The European Parliament today announced its decision to award this year’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to Guillermo Fariñas Hernández, a dissident journalist and blogger and tireless campaigner for civil liberties in Cuba. Coming 18 days after the Nobel Peace Prize went to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, the decision sends a clear signal that human rights are no longer optional. No country can escape the obligation to respect and ensure respect for fundamental freedoms, including freedom of movement and the freedom to impart and receive news and information without being censored.Like Liu, Fariñas is a defender of these freedoms. Reporters Without Borders awarded him its own Cyber-Freedom Prize in 2006 and offers him its warmest congratulations for today’s award. The European Parliament wants Fariñas to come to Strasbourg to collect the award in a ceremony on 15 December. The Cuban authorities must let him attend. It is also time that the Ladies in White, who were awarded the prize jointly with Reporters Without Borders in 2005, are finally given permission by the Cuban government to travel to Strasbourg.If Fariñas is allowed to leave Cuba, he must also be allowed to return. He is a Cuban citizen, like his fellow journalists who were jailed in the Black Spring crackdown of March 2003 and who were recently freed on condition that they go into exile without any right of return. They include the Reporters Without Borders Cuba correspondent, Ricardo González Alfonso, who is now living in Madrid.Aged 48 and a veteran of the Cuban military intervention in Angola, “El Coco” Fariñas lives in Santa Clara, a city to the east of Havana. He became a dissident in the 1990s and then turned to independent journalism, founding a small news agency called Cubanacán in Santa Clara in 2003.A campaigner for the right to freely report news and information and a defender of fellow independent reporters like himself, Fariñas has staged more than 20 hunger strikes. He staged a particular long hunger strike in 2006 to demand unrestricted access to the Internet for all Cubans. He staged another long hunger strike earlier this year following fellow dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo’s death in prison, this time obtaining the release of all the political prisoners who were ill.Five journalists continue to be detained in Cuba. They are Iván Hernández Carrillo, Héctor Maseda Gutiérrez and Pedro Argüelles Morán, who have been held since the Black Spring, Raimundo Perdigón Brito, who was sentenced to four years in prison in 2006, and Albert Santiago Du Bouchet, sentenced to four years in prison in 2009. The Cuban government is supposed to release all of the remaining Black Spring detainees by 25 October. But the three journalists still held since the Black Spring have let it be known that they will not agree to the government’s demand that they go into exile. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its appeal to the authorities to let them stay in Cuba following their release.Reporters Without Borders again hails the Spanish government’s efforts on behalf of Cuba’s dissidents. We also call for the lifting of the US embargo on Cuba, which has been in place since 1962. It penalizes the entire population, obstructs the flow of information between Cuba and the exterior, and allows the regime to pose as a victim. However, we think that the European Union’s “common position” on Cuba should be maintained until Cuba ratifies the two UN conventions on civil and political rights that it signed in 2008. Follow the news on Cuba News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Receive email alertscenter_img CubaAmericas News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 21, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cuban government urged to let Guillermo Fariñas collect Sakharov Prize in Strasbourg in December Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet October 12, 2018 Find out more CubaAmericas Newslast_img read more

Basin PBS presents ‘Tell Them We are Rising’

first_imgWhat: Free preview screening of “Tell Them We Are Rising” followed by guest lecturer, James Fuller and community discussion.When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.Where: Midland College, Scharbauer Student Center, Carrasco Room.Who: Presenters: Indie Lens Pop-Up, Basin PBS and Midland College.RSVP: http://bit.ly/2hM6y4VMore info: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/tell-them-we-arerising/ By admin – January 19, 2018 Twitter Facebook Basin PBS presents ‘Tell Them We are Rising’ Pinterest WhatsApp Local NewsEntertainmentcenter_img Facebook Pinterest Basin PBS logo 2016 Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS, Independent Lens, and Basin PBS BasinPBS.org, are presenting “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” which explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played during the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity.The film reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality. The latest film from director Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders), brings to life the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs.Co-directed and co-produced by Marco Williams, the film premieres on Independent Lens at 8 p.m. on Feb. 19.A haven for Black intellectuals, artists, and revolutionaries — and a path of promise toward the American dream — HBCUs have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field while remaining unapologetically Black for more than 150 years. These institutions have nurtured some of the most influential Americans of our time, from Booker T. Washington to Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois to Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison to Oprah Winfrey, Alice Walker to Spike Lee to Common.About the FilmmakersStanley Nelson has directed and produced more than 12 documentary features including Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders, Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple and The Murder of Emmett Till.Nelson has won every major award in broadcasting. In 2016, he was honored with a Lifetime Peabody Award, a Lifetime Emmy Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association.Nelson is co-founder of Firelight Media, a nonprofit production company dedicated to using historical film to advance contemporary social justice causes, and to mentoring, inspiring and training a new generation of diverse young filmmakers committed to advancing underrepresented stories.Marco Williams is a filmmaker and a film educator. He is an Arts Professor at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Undergraduate Department of Film and Television. His directing credits include The Black Fives, The Undocumented, Inside the New Black Panthers; Banished; Freedom Summer; I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education; MLK Boulevard: The Concrete Dream; Two Towns of Jasper; Making Peace: Rebuilding our Communities; The Spiritual Deficit and The American Dream; In Search of Our Fathers; and From Harlem to Harvard. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a George Foster Peabody Award, the Alfred I duPont Silver Baton, the Pan African Film Festival Outstanding Documentary Award, the Full Frame Documentary Festival Spectrum Award, and the National Association of Black Journalists First Place Salute to Excellence.Marcia Smith (Writer) served as president of Firelight Media for most of its first decade.About Indie Lens Pop-UpIndie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. Can’t attend in person? Find Independent Lens on Facebook for information on our online Pop-Up events.If You Go Twitter Previous articleHIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Pecos hires Chris Jones as new head football coach, athletic directorNext articleWOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UTPB comes up short of upset, falls in overtime to Texas A&M-Commerce admin WhatsApplast_img read more