It was just a few short weeks ago that the good news came about how the Cuban government was beginning to ease up a little by allowing their people sales of computers and video players. While they may be allowed to purchase (assuming they can afford one) a computer, it may not be that perfect setup considering the Internet access will be limited and remain in control of the government. Recently a popular Cuban blogger’s website was blocked, just like YouTube was inaccessible for almost a week in China.
Yoani Sanchez, a 32 year old graduate of philology blogs for “Generacion Y“, journaling her daily life in Cuba, as well as the political constraints and economic hardships in her country. In an interview with Reuters, Sanchez divulged that she could not access her website as of Monday. Last February, Sanchez’s blog received 1.2 million hits from all over the world and just this week, website has become inaccessible from her connection in Cuba. However, she found a way to access her blog via an indirect route, most likely an Internet proxy.
Sanchez writes in her blog:
“So the anonymous censors of our famished cyberspace have tried to shut me in a room, turn off the light and not let my friends in.”
The block must be because of her controversial posts attacking the Cuban government. Just recently, she satirically wrote about Cuban’s lift on other appliances except for the air conditioner and toaster entitled “Who is the last in line for a toaster?” and criticized her country’s new leader Raul Castro, brother of Fidel Castro, for his plans for Cuba.
Internet access in Cuba is already limited so the block on her blog isn’t really surprising especially if it’s a country where media freedom in unknown. While Cubans go to their blogs to vent their frustrations, the government is also set to regulate what is being published, or at least this time, what can only be accessed, such as in the case of Yoani Sanchez.