November 12, 2012
Peter Orsi, Miami Herald
HAVANA -- A U.S.-based press freedom group urged Cuban authorities Friday to drop charges against a writer for an anti-Castro website who reported detentions of government opponents and criticism of the country's response to Hurricane Sandy.
The Committee to Project Journalists said Cuba filed charges of "disseminating false information against international peace" this week against Yaremis Flores for articles published on Miami-based CubaNet, a news and commentary site that takes a critical line against President Raul Castro's government.
Among her writings, she noted criticism of how authorities dealt with Hurricane Sandy, which hit eastern Cuba on Oct. 25, killing 11 people, damaging more than 200,000 homes and knocking out power for hundreds of thousands of people. Power was out for days in Santiago, Cuba's second-largest city.