CUBA NEWS
August 24 , 2007

Journalist is freed after 15 months in prison

Sun Sentinel, August 22, 2007.

Havana -- An independent Cuban journalist arrested on charges of public disorder was released after 15 months behind bars, a New York-based reporters' advocacy group said Tuesday.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said Armando Betancourt Reina was released from prison Monday in the central provincial capital Camaguey. He is the third dissident to be released in less than two weeks.

Betancourt, a little-known journalist who contributed dispatches to the Miami-based Web site Nueva Prensa Cuba, was detained on May 23, 2006, while covering a family's eviction in Camaguey. Police told Betancourt's family that he had joined a protest against the eviction, but he denies that.

"We are relieved that Armando Betancourt Reina has been freed," CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said in a statement.

Copyright 2007, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

 


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