Cubanet contributor threatened under Law 88 and told he cannot leave home

first_img Roberto Santana Rodríguez (photo), a contributor to the Miami-based website Cubanet, has been hounded by the police since February and told to stop working as a journalist. Reporters Without Borders condemns this harassment, especially the use of the threat of imprisonment under Law 88 to silence dissidents. RSF_en News May 6, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 15, 2020 Find out more Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet April 27, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cubanet contributor threatened under Law 88 and told he cannot leave home Follow the news on Cuba Help by sharing this information CubaAmericas News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council to go further News News Roberto Santana Rodríguez, a contributor to the Miami-based website Cubanet, has been harassed by State Security agents since February and ordered to stop writing, Reporters Without Borders said today, reiterating its criticism of the use of Law 88 (about Cuba’s independence and economy) to threaten dissidents with heavy prison sentences.“We condemn the insidious methods used by State Security to silence the independent press,” the press freedom organisation said. “Summonses, threats of imprisonment and unexpected visits from State Security agents are all part of what dissident journalists have to endure these days. But brandishing the spectre of Law 88 is the most outrageous of all these practices, as if the existence of an independent press could threaten a country’s integrity.”Santana received a surprise visit at his home in Santiago de las Vegas (on the outskirts of Havana) on 25 April from the local police chief, the local secretary of the Communist Party, the local coordinator of the Committees for the Defence of the Revolution and a member of the Veterans Association. They told him was henceforth banned from leaving home, under pain of reprisals. Santana described the visit as an act of intimidation orchestrated by State Security with the aim of preventing him from taking part in a teleconference due to take place later that day at the US Interests Section in Havana (which functions as an embassy in the absence of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba).Santana has had other recent run-ins with the political police. He was summoned by the local police chief on 7 April and questioned by two State Security officers, who again told him he should stop working as a journalist or risk being sentenced to 20 years in prison under Law 88. They also mentioned his mother’s frail health.The State Security also tried to discredit him in the eyes of his neighbours and asked them not to greet him any more. Despite this harassment, Santana said he was determined to continue reporting and writing.He was previously summoned and interrogated on 13 February by two State Security officers, Lt. Col. Iván and Maj. Moisés Leonardo. Iván (whose surname is not known) showed Santana a bundle of articles he had written as well as recordings of calls he had made to Miami-based Radio Martí, and threatened him with imprisonment if he did not stop. Receive email alerts CubaAmericas October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

‘Giggs should have replaced Sir Alex at Man Utd’

first_imgRene Meulensteen believes Manchester United would be in a much brigher situation today had they appointed Ryan Giggs as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor in 2013.The legendary Scottish manager left Old Trafford after 26 years in charge and chose former Everton boss David Moyes as his replacement, but his compatriot was sacked within a year.Giggs took over on a caretaker basis before Louis van Gaal was brought in after the 2014 World Cup, only to be pushed out two years later. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! As the pressure builds around Jose Mourinho, now in his third year with the club, the Red Devils are still hoping to claw their way back up to the level of reigning Premier League champions Manchester City.And Meulensteen, who was a coach at United towards the end of Ferguson’s era, says they could have maintained the stability and made the transition easier had they made the brave choice of handing club icon Giggs the top job.”At United there was stability and continuity. Ferguson, David Gill, the Glazers. It was working like clockwork,” he told Evening Standard.”So there was another way of doing it, which was basically bringing somebody from within. Then Ferguson could’ve managed his departure in a different way. Rio Ferdinand Alex Ferguson Ryan Giggs Manchester United“He could’ve faded into the background over time and helped with this important transition, obtaining a consultancy role.”Knowing that Ryan Giggs was keen on stepping into coaching – he was doing his licenses – he knew United inside out. The culture, the identity – he knows everything “Plus with us [in Ferguson’s backroom staff] being around there, plus Ferguson still being there, that could’ve been an ideal scenario. “That is just a different way, a different strategy, which I think could’ve worked. “Bringing somebody from the outside, I knew straight away that it wouldn’t matter who it would’ve been. But obviously for David Moyes it was a massive step up because he’s never played, never worked on a similar level. “If they would’ve said we want to bring in Mourinho then, or Carlo Ancelotti or Pep Guardiola or Jupp Heynckes, who have worked at Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, they wouldn’t be fazed. “They know what’s expected of the club. They would’ve respected and understood the importance of the 26-year tenure of Ferguson. Jose Mourinho Sir Alex Ferguson Manchester United“What has happened is it’s ended up in a very erratic period, which still hasn’t settled.”And although the Dutchman sees the quality of current coach Mourinho, he feels teams like United need to be more adventurous than the Portuguese allows them to be.”Mourinho is pragmatic, he’s calculated, there’s not so much unpredictability. “He organises his teams very well. He wants to make sure he nullifies the strengths of the opposition, doesn’t give anything away. Going forward, he exploits the weaknesses of the opposition.”You look at what he’s done as a manager and you can’t knock him. Every manager has got his own blueprint, but it’s different to what we were used to with Sir Alex and it’s also different from Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp. “They have all got a belief and an element that football needs to be played also to entertain the crowd. They have an obligation. People come to see football, they pay a lot of money.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more