Cuban Regime Strenghtens Censorship Laws
The Havana Communist regime introduced on Wednesday the so-called telecommunications law that defines when and how the state can cut citizen's access to the Internet. Critics and human rights defenders called the regulation a new digital repression.
The Communist bureaucracy published decrees circumventing the National Assembly, the country's highest Constitutional power. The Council of the State has continued its vicious practice of multiplying regulations and this time violated Constitution also by attacking freedom of expression, stated the independent lawyer Julio Ferrer who lives in Havana. The dictators are utilising decrees that allow to create arbitrary laws, he explained.
Decree-Law No. 35 and Resolution 105 announced yesterday aim to provide a legal basis for the persecution of citizens who criticize the constitutional order or the political and mass institutions and the economic and social structures of the state.
Ms. Erika Guevara-Rosas, the representative of Amnesty International, warned that the Cuban government seeks to further restrict freedom of expression and access to information. The law formalizes digital repression, punishing the use of social networks, under vague categories of cybersecurity incidents, she added.
The regulations are added to more than ten existing ones related to computing and internet access, such as the controversial Decree-Law 370, popularly known as the Azote Law.
Decree-Law 370 established several infractions in the administrative order to impose administrative sanctions, high fines and use this against those who are not supporters of the Government, said Ferrer.
The recently released regulations typify the events as the dissemination of false news, offensive messages, or defamation affecting the country's prestige.