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In Cuba, Growing Numbers Of Bloggers Manage To Operate In A Vulnerable Gray Area

Their work on politics, music and local issues is tolerated by the state, but can still be censored or shut down. "They are committed to expressing themselves through this format," says a Cuba expert.
Harold Cardenas Lema runs the blog La Joven Cuba out of the two-room apartment he shares with his mom and girlfriend. Source: Carrie Kahn

In recent years, a growing number of news and political websites have popped up in Cuba. Some are taking advantage of what they say has been a small but vibrant opening afforded them since former President Obama reestablished U.S. relations with Cuba. But others worry that President Trump's harder line toward the Communist Castro government could have a chilling effect on the independent media movement afoot.

Harold Cardenas Lema runs his blog La Joven Cuba, The Young Cuba, out of the two-room apartment he shares with his mom and girlfriend in a dilapidated building just blocks from Havana's oceanfront esplanade, the Malecon.

"It's really just one-and-a-half, actually. This is a very small, a very small apartment," he says, laughing. All editorial board meetings take place in his bedroom, with everyone sitting on his bed.

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