Cuba: Journalist receives 15-month sentence

 ***UPDATE: English PEN warmly welcomes the 20 August release of the independent journalist Armando Betancourt Reina after serving a 15-month prison sentence on public disorder charges. *** 

English PEN protests the 15-month prison sentence given on 3 July 2007 to independent Cuban journalist Armando Betancourt Reina on public disorder charges, following a 5-hour trial. Betancourt Reina had already been held without charge in Camagüey for 13 months at that date, and his supporters hope that this time will count towards his sentence.

To view a detailed press release issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on 6 July 2007 concerning the case of Betancourt Reina, please click here. The CPJ reports that Betancourt Reina was detained on 23 May 2006, while covering the eviction of poor families from their homes. Local police told the family that the journalist was arrested for participating in a protest against the eviction, although sources in Camagüey told CPJ that this claim was untrue.

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