The Inter American Press Association Thursday called on the Cuban government to immediately release the regional vice chairwoman of its Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Yoani Sánchez.
Ms. Sánchez, a tireless and popular blogger who has fought for years for freedom in her country, was arrested along with some 20 dissidents who, according to news reports, had met outside a police station in Havana with the aim of demanding the release of a group of independent activists and lawyers.
Ms. Sánchez had just been named regional vice chairwoman for Cuba of the press organization’s Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information.
“The arrest of Yoani Sánchez is a clear attack on the most elemental human rights, among them that of expressing freely, something that is prohibited in Cuba,” said Claudio Paolillo, chairman of the Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information.
A blogger paid by the Cuban regime, Yohandry Fontana, confirmed Sánchez’ detention and spoke of her alleged offenses, “disturbance of public order” and “social indiscipline.”
Paolillo is editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda.
The detained people were demanding the immediate release of a dozen activists who had been arrested in the middle of this week.
In early October Ms. Sánchez had already been temporarily detained at an investigation center in Bayamo along with her husband, independent journalist Reynado Escobar, and blogger Agustín López.