[Ppnews] Corruption Evidences Pile Up in Cuban 5 Case

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Corruption Evidences Pile Up in Cuban 5 Case

by Pl ­ last modified May 09, 2011 01:47 PM
http://www.escambray.cu/Eng/Special/cubanfive110509145

The website www.reportersforhire.org will reveal 
more evidence of the U.S. government´s payments 
to Miami journalists to create a atmosphere of 
hysteria and bias against the five Cuban 
antiterrorist fighters unjustly imprisoned in that northern country.

The website, an initiative by the National 
Committee to Free the Cuban Five, will publish 
additional documents exposing the White House´s 
illegal propaganda operation and manipulation of the justice system.

Gerardo Hernandez and Antonio Guerrero, two of 
the Cuban Five, have filed habeas corpus appeals 
arguing that their constitutional rights to due 
process were grossly undermined by the government's media operation.

More than 2,200 pages of contracts between Miami 
journalists, including those from Radio and TV 
Marti, have been released thus far to Liberation 
newspaper through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) petition.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), an 
official U.S. government agency, and its Office 
of Cuba Broadcasting (OCB) have operated Radio 
Marti since 1985 and TV Marti since 1990, 
according to a Free the Five release broadcast on Monday.

With an annual budget nearing 35 million USD, the 
OCB and BBG put on their payroll domestic 
journalists to broadcast the same message inside 
and outside the United States on Cuba-related 
issues, effectively violating the law against 
domestic dissemination of U.S. propaganda.

A multi-year effort by the Liberation newspaper, 
the Committee and the Partnership for Civil 
Justice Fund has uncovered those materials that 
saturated the Miami media and that was prejudicial to the Cuban Five.

The Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, which regulates U.S. 
public diplomacy abroad, prohibits funding 
activities to influence and propagandize domestic public opinion.

Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labañino, Antonio 
Guerrero, Fernando Gonzalez and Rene Gonzalez, 
detained on September 12, 1998 in Miami, are 
currently serving harsh sentences ranging from 15 years to double life terms.

The Cuban Five, as they are universally known, 
infiltrated terrorist organizations based in 
southern Florida to warn about their plans against Cuba.




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