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In 2013 Cuba journalists and bloggers are often subjected to short-term arrests and harassment by police and security agents, facing threats of imprisonment if they continue to work. For example, according to HRW,  members of the ‘Women in White’ - a respected human rights group have been arrested and even beaten, transported to  police stations where they were assaulted and held incommunicado. Bloggers and independent journalists have also been the victims of public smear campaigns, such as a March 2011 episode of a government-produced news programme - broadcast widely on public television - which referred to independent bloggers as ‘cyber-mercenaries’ and ( hark-back to Soviet days) ‘puppets of the empire.’


The Cuban government uses press accreditation an essential for journalists reporting from the island, to control media coverage of Cuba and mete out punishments to those  media outlets considered overly critical of the regime. In September 2012 the Cuban government refused to renew the press credentials of a journalist from Spain’s highly respected El País newspaper, claiming that he presented a biased and negative image of Cuba.


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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: República de Cuba (Republic of Cuba)
Head of State: President of the Council of State Raul Castro Ruz (since 24 Feb 2008, re-elected Feb 2013)
Head of government: President of the Council of State Raul Castro (since 24 Feb 2008, re-elected Feb 2013)
Ruling party: Partido Comunista de Cuba (PCC) (Cuban Communist Party)
Area: 110,860 square km
Population: 11.08 million (2011)*
Capital: Havana
Official language: Spanish
Currency: Cuban Convertible peso and Cuban peso (Cu$) (CUC) both = 100 centavos (NB From 2004, the US dollar was only to be used to convert to CUC)
Exchange rate: CUC1.00 per US$ (Jul 2014); (a government 10% surcharge is imposed on all US$ transactions converting to CUC, which was revalued by 8% in April 2005). Cu$ cannot be used for local payments, nor exchanged for any other currency.
GDP per capita: US$5,410 (2011)*
GDP real growth: 2.70% (2011)*
GDP: US$60.80 billion (2011)*
Unemployment: 1.60% (2009)
Inflation: 4.70% (2011)*
* estimated figure

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