Laura Aznar. – The Cuban blogger and activist Yoani Sanchez has announced the start of a digital newspaper in Cuba. Her aim is to “create awareness from the information”, but she wanted to clarify that it will not be a media against Fidel Castro and that her principal goal is to show the reality of the country.
Sanchez is a philologist and journalist who lives in La Havana. She became known in South America and around the world with the blog Generación Y, in which she criticized the policies of the government. She wants to be read for those who, as she describes, “were borned in Cuba in the 70s and 80s, a land characterized by schools in the field, russian dolls, illegal departures and frustration “. People whose names contain or start with the letter “y”. Although it was blocked in Cuba, it is the blog with the biggest number of followers in the country, and has been translated into seventeen languages.
In addition to Generación Y, Sánchez is also the author of Cuba Libre, through which she spreads texts and her views with the aim of contributing to the achievement of a more plural and inclusive country “based on the word and not on the gun”.
During the celebration of the Hay Festival in Cartagena, an event where different cultural spheres such as literature, film, music or journalism converge, the blogger has expressed her desire to overcome all the work done so far and to start “a responsible and collective project, with the approach of being with the cuban society in its transition”. She has claimed the importance of “free press” to inform people, so they can decide.
The theater where she announced her new project was full of people who cheered her on when the event concluded. On the other hand, in the middle of the conference someone shouted “sent by the CIA”; this came from a small group of people who were protesting for her presence outside the theater.
Yoani Sánchez is the representative in Cuba of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) and was arrested two times for opposing the regime. Fidel Castro defined her as “a young Cuban girl who does a neocolonial press task for the ancient metropolis that rewards her “. Actually, the journalist has received numerous awards from Spanish media, such as the Ortega y Gasset Prize in digital journalism by the newspaper El Pais, but she has also received prizes from all around the world’s media. Time magazine, for instance, selected her in 2008 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.