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Cuban Government To Continue Crackdown On Freedom Of Speech With New Telecom Law

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Just like a vast majority of the countries under totalitarian communist rule, suppression of information is of utmost importance, in order for the regime to impose complete control of the people. It would be difficult to subjugate a well-informed, well-educated citizenry, so keeping them in the dark is an effective method. Once the subjects have succeeded in peeling off that shell of ignorance, it is almost assured that an uprising will ensue.

That is why in Cuba, amid protests against the incompetent goverment, the authorities have decided to push further the internet restrictions in the country. As if the Cubans aren’t suffering enough already, the Díaz-Canel regime will be tightening the chains some more, leaving the people without an option but to flee the island nation.

“On August 17, 2021, the government made public Decree-Law 35 and several accompanying norms regulating the use of telecommunications, including the internet and radio, and the government’s response to “cybersecurity incidents,”  international non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on their official website.

The tyrant leaders are aware that this stream of info and knowledge, flowing in the form of the web, will become a powerful weapon that the people can use to free themselves.

“The internet has created a rights revolution in Cuba, allowing people to communicate, report on abuses, and organize protests in ways that were virtually impossible. Leaders in Latin America, the European Union, and the United States should not stay silent as the Cuban government restricts access to this critical tool for Cubans to exercise their rights,” said Juan Pappier, senior Americas researcher at Human Rights Watch.

“The Cuban government presents this legislation as a measure to strengthen cybersecurity in the face of threats, but it is essentially trying to secure itself from criticism and dissent,” Pappier added.

Earlier this month, some Republican leaders urged the Biden administration to help the Cuban people by providing them internet connectivity. This initiative will allow them to freely communicate with the outside world, express their dissent and expose their government’s tyranny.

“Technology exists to provide Internet access into Cuba remotely, using the innovation of American enterprise and the diverse industries here. Similar to the American efforts to broadcast radio into the Soviet Union during the Cold War in Europe, the federal government has a history of supporting the dissemination of information into Cuba for the Cuban people through Radio & Televisión Martí, located in Miami. In addition to sending information, however, our efforts must include creating a means for the Cuban people to speak to the world,” Florida governor Ron DeSantis wrote in a statement back in July.

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