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Cuba approved new laws that censor social networks and limit freedom of expression on the Internet

The Government of Cuba approved this Tuesday a battery of regulations that “typify the internet crimes“, censoring social networks and limiting freedom of expression In Internet. Among other points, “the defamation of messages against the State” and “incitement to mobilizations” are considered as infractions of the law.

“For the first time, the country will have a legal norm where they are associated cybersecurity incidents and typifications that exceed the limits of technology “, explained the director of cybersecurity of the Ministry of Communications, Pablo Dominguez Vazquez, at an official press conference.

Likewise, it pointed out that under this measure “facts that so far they did not have legal backing, such as ethical and social damages or incidents of aggression “, such as” the spreading false news, offensive messages or defamation with an impact on the prestige of the country “.

In this sense, it is understood as a crime “the dissemination through the Internet of content that violates the constitutional, social and economic precepts of the State, incite mobilizations or other acts that disrupt public order or that broadcast messages that make apology for violence and cause accidents of any kind that affect the privacy and dignity of people “.

The director of the Americas Division of the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW), José Miguel Vivanco, reacted on his official Twitter account to the regulations and denounced that the Government of Cuba “restricts the Internet even more“.

For her part, the Minister of Communications, Mayra Arevich, expressed on Twitter that these laws provide for “the cybersecurity incident response“and that” are part of the creation of values ​​of appropriate civic conduct, respect, discipline and contribution to the well-being of the citizen. “

In addition, he stressed that they ratify “the disposition of the Cuban government to bring the Internet to every corner of the country.”

This battery of new measures began to take shape in July, when Cuban citizens took to the streets in what was the biggest protest of the last 60 years in the country.

In particular, they mobilized to express their discontent over the shortage of basic products, such as food and medicine, while members of the international community and NGOs, among others, they denounced a harsh repression against protesters and Internet outages on the island so that the images of harsh reality would not be known.

One month after the protests, Hundreds of protesters and activists they are still incarcerated, while their relatives and human rights organizations denounce mistreatment, false accusations and procedural irregularities.

At least 805 people were arrested during or after protests against the communist regime. Of these, 249 were released, 516 remain in prison Y 40 missing, according to the Cubalex legal advice center.

The United States repudiated the new law

The Government of the United States, through the Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs and its Embassy in Cuba, expressed his rejection Regarding the new laws that censor social networks and limit freedom of expression on the internet on the island.

“Today, the Cuban Government announced another censorship law in a clear attempt to silence the Cuban people, after the protests ”, the Office published on its official Twitter account.

Then, he claimed: “The Cuban authorities must respect the clear will of the Cuban people to speak with their own voice, not punish those who tell the truth”.

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