Monday, 12 July 2010
Freed Cuban journalists to be flown to Spain
Imprisoned Cuban journalists are expected to be among a group of political prisoners to be freed tonight and put on a flight to Spain, where they are due to arrive on Tuesday morning, according to international press reports and Committe to Protect Journalists interviews.
The CPJ said it welcomes news of their scheduled release and urged Cuban authorities today to free all journalists who remain in jail.
Statements issued by the Catholic Church in Cuba, which has been negotiating for the release of the prisoners, have identified 20 political detainees who are to be released imminently.
The statement identified the following 10 journalists as among those to be released: Normando Hernández González, Julio César Gálvez Rodríguez, Omar Ruíz Hernández, Mijail Bárzaga Lugo, Ricardo González Alfonso, Alfredo Pulido López, José Ubaldo Izquierdo, Léster Luis González Pentón, Pablo Pacheco Avila, and José Luis García Paneque.