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(en) Federation Anarchist Gauche FAG* - Yoani Sánchez in Brazil - A blogger noise - Observatory for Press By Luciano Martins Costa (pt) [machine translation]

Date Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:03:51 +0200


More than a political phenomenon, the blogger Yoani Sánchez is a social and cultural phenomenon in these times in which individuality wins unprecedented salience, thanks to the possibilities of expression created by digital technology, communication and information. An ordinary woman, simple, no trace of personal charisma, gets on his visit to Brazil mobilize the press, provoking protests and be presented to the full House of Representatives like a head of state. ---- Reading up what Brazilian newspapers say about it, it is thought that the Cubans are a people alienated, isolated from the world and bullied by two old decrepit, the Castro brothers, and that the blogger is the only free voice in that Caribbean island . However, all the noise around his visit follows parallel to the lack of information about what the blogger is the cultural and political landscape of Cuba.

Yoani is not the only nor the most important voice in Cuba, in Cuba, to protest against the restrictions imposed on the country. She is the only character that Western media organizations and political enemy of the Cuban regime chose to personify their criticism.

Work in Havana and other cities at least a hundred journalists, writers and intellectuals who openly discuss the situation created by the isolation of the country. Twenty of them produce the magazine Voces (Voices, in Portuguese), a digital publication of resistance against the Castro regime.

In his presentation, the authors qualify Cuba as "a ship that sinks into your foolish notion of nation" and declare themselves committed to showing his "ideological sloth." In its 16 editions, available on the internet , you can find exquisite texts, some carrying vivid criticism of the government, all defending freedom of expression.

The writer Orlando Luis Pardo Lazo, creator of Voces , is considered one of the most important among bloggers dissidents who excel in Cuba. The blogger is not pop, so the principal representative of the Cuban dissident intellectual. It's just that the western media chose as their symbol on character-ideological campaign.

Other voices

One can also observe that many of the texts posted by members of this movement do not condemn the Cuban revolution, but the paths she took because of the isolation. Herself Yoani Sanchez said in one of his interviews in Brazil, the problem is the Cuba embargo imposed by the United States, which is used by the government as a justification for policy restrictions.

It turns out that with the advent of the internet and even struggling with poverty of available technology, these voices can be heard anywhere. These difficulties can be well assessed by those who followed the evolution of the Internet in Brazil. Even on full democracy, and broad freedoms, the Brazilian was until just over a decade an indigent in terms of communication technology, the lack of investment by telecommunications carriers, and still have to submit to limitations the import policy and the interest of the electronics industry to exhaust the possibility of profit models obsolete.

On Thursday (21/2), for example, the Estado de S. Paul reports that Apple, which dispute with Brazilian Gradient iPhone brand in the domestic market, is being accused by a civil association to mislead consumers from Brazil to sell the iPad 3 models like the new iPad 4.

Yoani Sanchez is a phenomenon produced by manipulation by the Western press, the diversity produced by individual manifestations in digital networks. Let's see what it says, for example, one of the articles published by Cuban Wilfredo Cancio Isla, a former professor of Communication at the University of Havana, in issue 15 of Voces :

"The Internet and the avalanche of digital pages, blogs and information portals, favored a democratization of journalism and information. And also created a challenge for traditional institutions, but at the same time created a false illusion of professionalism. "

He accuses the Western media, in general, to make a biased coverage on Cuba and Venezuela and politicize the news so harmful, lowering the quality of journalism. But neither flees the discussion about the lack of access to information in Cuba:

"These issues are related to the Cuban reality, where reigns a journalism 50 years of ideological propaganda, centralized and instrumented, oblivious to market demands? Definitely yes, because Cuba is no longer a closed society that was until the wave of the internet and the massive use of new technologies. "

Yoani is the noise that makes the Brazilian press, so that other Cuban voices are not heard.
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* This analysis does not necessarily correspond to any opinion on the subject of FAG.
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