This was just before a televised speech given by President Miguel Diaz-Canel, where he and other government officials outlined the response to the intensification of the U.S. economic warfare against the country.
The accounts include Granma, Mesa Redonda, CubaDebate, Radio Rebelde, and accounts of many Cuban journalists. As is typical when Twitter suspends users, all of them were blocked on the specious grounds of "violating Twitter rules", without any justification of that false claim.
The Union of Cuban Journalists denounced the act as massive censorship: "We demand the immediate re-establishment of the blocked accounts that, in no case, have violated Twitter policies, while the platform flagrantly tramples on the rights of communicators, prevents them from carrying out their work and tries to muzzle a first-rate news event in our country."
Also suspended was the account of Cuban Five Hero René González, who is very active in Twitter, including in defense of Palestine and Venezuela. Early this month, for example, González used Twitter to promote an interview with him in the American Herald Tribune entitled "The Colonization of Palestine Was and Still Is an Ongoing Criminal Enterprise".
Using the Facebook account of his spouse, Olga Salanueva, René issued the following statement (translated from Spanish):
Twitter did not explain or forewarn of the measure, state-run media wrote on their websites. The company did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
The Cuban Union of Journalists said the platform had suspended individual accounts in the past which had been recovered.
“What is new here is the massive scope of this act of cybernetic warfare, clearly planned, that aims to limit the freedom of expression of Cuban institutions and citizens and to silence the leaders of the revolution,” it said in a statement.
Cuba was featured on the list of 10 most censored countries worldwide released this week by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), headquartered in New York.
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