Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Columbia University has announced the winners of the Cabot Awards. Nice to see a group of Cuban independent journalists win a special citation. Of course, being an independent journalist in el Jefe's Socialist Paradise means that none of the members will be allowed to leave the Gulag to accept their prizes.

La Sociedad de Periodistas Manuel Marquez Sterling, Cuba Cabot Special Citations are awarded only on occasion to organizations or individuals that lack the traditional large body of work over many years but have significantly contributed to journalism. The Sociedad de Periodistas Manuel Marquez Sterling -- named after the Cuban journalist and writer Manuel Marquez Sterling -- is only two years old, yet its brief history of publishing an independent general-interest magazine in Cuba marked a historic moment in what then appeared to be an opening up of Cuba's media environment. Unfortunately, after two issues, the bi-monthly magazine, De Cuba, ceased publication because many on its staff, as well as others among the 55-member Sociedad, were arrested, charged and convicted of "subversion" for seeking to express their independent voices. After trials which were closed to the press, they were given prison terms ranging from 14 to 27 years. None of them will be able to be present to receive this Cabot Special Citation, but the jury of the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes believes the accomplishments of La Sociedad de Periodistas Manuel Marquez Sterling, undertaken at such enormous personal cost, are an unprecedented demonstration of courage and professionalism.

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