The United States Department of State urged the Government of Cuba this Sunday to restore “all” the press accreditations to the Efe Agency team in Havana, after the island’s authorities returned only two journalists the credentials that they had withdrawn on Saturday.
“Revoking the credentials of Efe journalists – hours before the planned peaceful protests – is another method by which the Cuban regime crushes freedom of information,” the undersecretary of the Department of Western Hemisphere Affairs Office said on Twitter. State, Brian A. Nichols.
“We urge the Cuban government to restore all credentials to Efe and let the Cuban people speak freely,” added the head of Latin America at the State Department.
The Foreign Relations Committee of the US Senate also ruled on the fact, and criticized the Government of the President of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel.
“By trying to muzzle the press and revoke Efe’s credentials, the Díaz-Canel regime shows its fear that journalists will tell the world a story that deserves to be told,” the Committee said on its official Twitter account. Democratic senator of Cuban origin Bob Menéndez presides.
“We have the responsibility to defend the right to freedom of expression and freedom of the press in Cuba,” he concluded.
The decision comes at a delicate moment in Cuba, with a civic march called by the opposition for this Monday, which has been outlawed by the Government.
On Saturday, the heads of the International Press Center (CPI) of Cuba urgently summoned the Efe team in Havana that is currently accredited – three editors, a photographer and a TV camera – to inform them that their credentials were withdrawn without clarify whether the measure is temporary or permanent.
But this Sunday they restored the press accreditations to only two of Efe’s journalists in Havana.
The president of the Efe Agency, Gabriela Cañas, informed the Cuban authorities that today’s decision to restore only two credentials is “insufficient” and reiterated her demand that the credentials be returned to all journalists from the agency covering the country. .
The provision was adopted a month and a half after the accreditation of Efe’s editorial coordinator in Havana had been withdrawn.
The press visa of the new head of the delegation is also pending.
It is the first time that Cuba has withdrawn the credentials of the EFE Agency and there is no record that this measure has been adopted on another occasion with an international news agency on the island.