The Press: Truth in Cuba

"Cuba has always belonged to the bloc of free and democratic nations. Why remove it from the bloc and incline it toward the Communist nations?"

Twenty-four hours after this editorial question appeared in Havana's Diario de la Marina, armed thugs from the Castro-controlled Cuban newspaper unions last week seized the paper, stilled the only remaining newspaper voice in Cuba that had continually dared to criticize the Castro regime.

For months Diario and Editor Jose Ignacio Rivero, 39, had been living on borrowed time as they blasted Castro's arbitrary rent reductions, his agrarian farm...

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