I must confess that I was not surprised with they told me to read the Official Organ of the Communist Party of Cuba to see the article that refers to an international campaign in defense of the life of Guillermo Fariñas. I was not surprised because, unfortunately, the language used in this and in all official (read government) press organs in the country has been the same for as long as I can remember.
This article is signed by the journalist of said organ (which is how they define themselves, not as a daily nor as a newspaper but as an “organ”), Alberto Núñez. This gentleman by have the title of journalist granted by some one of our universities and it’s possible, as well, that he graduated with honors, but he repeats the same mistake — is really a mistake? — that his colleagues of the official media have committed and do commit when they talk or write about people inside or outside the country who have other projects and don’t share the communist ideology.
Does Mr. Alberto Núñez really think that there is anyone with a reason to believe the story of the mercenary and other offenses detailed in his article against Fariñas?
If at any point in time he thought so, I must tell him that for some time, to his sorrow, what he says has been discredited by a great part of the world; those who listen to him are fewer every day, and in this case he takes the trouble to speak to offend and defame a person in the name of a whole country. He didn’t think about me, it’s too bad Mr. Núñez I don’t share your point of view and what’s more I condemn you and I believe I am not the only one, do you think Cubans still go along with this?
The only thing I can suggest is that Mr. Núñez hit the streets, where they don’t know him, of course, and ask the common people what they think and run through all this and in addition that he follow the minimum standard of all journalism which is: Consult the two or more parties to any conflict. Do not talk about someone you have not met. The references of others should not be taken as an argument.
It does not surprise me that what he calls a ‘campaign to discredit Cuba’ is simply the reason and decency of a world that is tired of the constant criticisms that the Cuban government uses.
Mr. Alberto Núñez should know that the lives of Guillermo Fariñas, Orlando Zapata Tamayo, Pedro Luis Boitel and so many others cannot be bought with all the money in the world. So if he was expecting cheering the response is anger and rejection. Once again faced the stumble over the same stone … … … When will they learn?
Juan Carlos Fernández Hernández (1965). Pinar del Río. Cuba.
Former correspondent of the Brotherhood of Aid to Prisoners and Their Families in Prison Pastoral Care.