Honor for Reporters without Borders/ Angel Santiesteban

Dear Christophe Deloire,

Secretary General of Reporters without Borders,

“Honor to those who deserve it,” said our José Martí, anticipating my mother, who inculcated in my education the culture of gratitude.

Many at the start of my imprisonment have stayed at my side in this passage that has lasted more than a year; but Reporters without Borders has been the most outstanding, when, from the beginning, after reading all my proofs presented in the alleged “trial” that they carried out, and later augmented in the Review, they decided to support me without flinching one iota in my defense.

In a personal letter, where I also thanked them for their honest and brave stance, I described to them the feeling that embraces us when, from the darkest cell, behind bars, abused by the henchmen of the dictatorship, we get a sign of encouragement from the organization that you lead, calling on the totalitarian President of State to restore the rights that were taken away.

In my personal case, it provided me this extra strength, after two weeks in the hole on a hunger strike, that made me feel happy for what I do although they advised me and begged that I consider my life first and never choose starvation as a way of struggle.

In spite of the suffering of being deprived of the most valuable thing for a human being, freedom, and of missing our families and the free consumption of art, we feel worthy of such luck, if the state without rights persists in our faces.

I want a country without censorship, and when that happens, we will be living a new political, social and cultural stage, for the Cuba we need to build with the force of everyone. Until then, a grateful hug to you and your work team, especially to the warm and selfless work of Camille Soulier and Lucie Morillon, always attentive to what is happening on our continent with the lamentable regression in the matter of freedom of expression and the persecution of professionals of information, particularly their compromise with Cuban journalists.

All your work is laudable and fundamental for the quest for personal and civic liberties of those of us who humbly wish to contribute a light of truth from the center of total darkness.

Angel Santiesteban Prats

Lawton prison settlement. April 2014.

So that Amnesty International declare the dissident Cuban Angel Santiesteban a prisoner of conscience,  please follow the link to sign the petition.

Translated by Regina Anavy
23 April 2014


2 responses to “Honor for Reporters without Borders/ Angel Santiesteban

  1. omar fundora

    In evaluating the results of these interviews, we examined the transcripts for consistencies
    and commonalities in recommendations, key criteria, and emerging trends, comparing these
    interview results to the conclusions of relevant reports. Finally, we asked these experts to
    assess the best practices we identified, and further refined them based on their feedback.
    Best practice categories identified:
    • Involve: Journalism projects are using digital platforms to serve and involve users by
    providing the information, motivation, and tools for the user to participate in current
    affairs debates and related online/offline communities.
    • Go deeper: News and public affairs outlets are taking advantage of digital platforms
    to add depth and context to coverage of breaking news, events, and issues. Digital
    journalism projects are also sustaining and expanding core public affairs
    specializations such as investigative reporting, international news, or science and
    environmental coverage—specialty beats that commercial news organizations are
    otherwise cutting.
    • Reach new and non-traditional publics: Digital platforms are making it possible
    for producers to engage with more focused networks of users who share common
    identities, problems, issues or interests, rather than following a model that dictates
    coverage that appeals to a mass audience. Importantly, this creates openings for
    informing and engaging minority, ethnic, and low-income publics that are often
    underserved by mainstream coverage—a core mission for public broadcasters. In
    turn, such perspectives and content can migrate to broader platforms, diversifying
    coverage and providing valuable context for more general constituencies.
    • Repurpose, remix, recycle: Repurposing existing content online can include
    shifting content from one platform to another, or the aggregation of existing news
    and data sources around particular issues. Such projects maximize user access to
    existing content and create new value and utility for users through smart curation.
    • Collaborate: Collaborative digital news and public affairs projects are being
    organized around shared issues, locations and user communities. These projects
    involve connections between different sorts of media outlets as well as related
    organizations, institutions, and publics.
    • Enable media literacy: Digital journalism is not just about effective use of
    technology or organizational restructuring. It also involves helping users to take
    advantage of the abundance of new media resources and choices, to become more
    frequent and more effective makers and users. This category includes examples of
    projects featuring news and media literacy, standards-setting and training to become
    citizen journalists.
    • Play with form to innovate and integrate new technologies: Digital journalism
    pioneers are innovating new formats, interfaces, and platforms for delivering news
    and information and for sponsoring audience engagement with public affairs. In
    some cases these piggyback on commercial open platforms and software; in others
    they leverage free open source software and related developer communities.
    • Promote political discussion and participation: Digital journalism sites are well
    poised to foster political conversations and civic engagement, whether they are
    election-centered or policy-centered, partisan or not. Political sites tend to encourage
    and even rely upon user comments that can sometimes turn into rigorous discussions
    that inspire people to take action. These sites also provide so-called “mobilizing
    information” on how to get involved, who to contact, and where to show up to
    participate or vote. Political conversations are also stimulated by government
    transparency initiatives.

  2. omar fundora

    Building a network of engaged users requires a different set of behaviors and norms than
    producing print or broadcast coverage. To stay on top of a story, beat and daily reporters
    must now keep pace with the participatory 24/7 experience of news consumers. Instead of
    trying to produce a perfect “final” product daily, weekly, or monthly, journalists working
    online must now optimize their standards to produce new content on a near-constant cycle.
    This shift from the mentality of a “final product” to a “work in progress” (or several smaller
    works over the course of a day) also means anticipating and embracing the fact that the
    content will be immediately commented upon, repurposed or enhanced by users.
    For some organizations, such immediacy lessens the value and duration of exclusives or
    scoops in reporting. Instead, in the cable news and Internet driven 24/7 news cycle,
    journalists attempt to synthesize their own reporting as well as that of others’ on an ongoing
    and updated basis. As Jan Schaffer, Executive Director of J-Lab: The Institute for
    Interactive Journalism aptly described: “News now takes the form of ‘here is what we know
    now, here is what we would like to know, and what do you know as a consumer, what can
    you add?’ ”
    Such a shift provides new opportunities for professional journalists to interact with users
    who are not professionally trained as journalists, engaging them in “crowdsourced”15
    investigation, factchecking, story recommendation and more. Such “pro-am” 16
    collaborations break down the gatekeeping roles of journalists and editors, but do not
    necessarily mean that quality or trust is reduced. Instead, by establishing shared standards
    and contexts for online news production, news organizations can build alliances with users
    that bring outside skills and expertise in to help produce, maintain and monitor high-quality

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