November 23, 2014
Cuban dissident Yoani Sánchez launches digital newspaper
Cuban opposition blogger Yoani Sánchez launched today the country’s first independent media in over half a century. Her digital newspaper “14ymedio" aims to break up the state media monopoly and “accompany the needed transition to occur in our country,” as she explained.
The newspaper went live at www.14ymedio.com this morning and, as Sánchez had announced, it “tells Cuba from inside Cuba”.
According to its creators, 14ymedio aspires to become a plural general information local newspaper –and not focused exclusively on Politics- with "photo galleries, daily news, blogs, culture and more,” as Sánchez wrote hours before the newspaper went live.
The website went online at 8 a.m. local time and there appeared to be no immediate government attempt to block it. Private independent media is prohibited in the island, where the government has the monopoly of local media since the 1959 Revolution.
One of the newspaper’s main challenges is to be able to reach its readers, due to the connectivity problems in the island. “14ymedio is born under digital format in one of the countries with the lowest Internet connectivity in the entire planet,” reads the newspaper’s first editorial, intitled “Our declaration of intent”.
“One of our biggest challenges is, therefore, to be able to reach our Readers within the island and be prepared for the day in which –with freedom and without censorship- our fellow countrymen can read us on their computers or buy our newspaper at a newsstand in any corner of the country,” it read.