Sean Penn is playing "journalist" once again and has landed in Cuba, a country that routinely censors journalists, ranks near the bottom of the Press Freedom Index and has imprisoned more journalists than any other country except for China. So it makes sense the ideological actor is donning his amateur press hat in a country where any actual independent press is virtually illegal.
If it's anything like his previous journalistic endeavors in Cuba, don't expect him to mention any of that -- or anything negative about the Communist Nation. Previously Penn met with Fidel Castro in 2005, and interviewed Raul Castro in 2008.
He's supposedly on assignment for The Huffington Post and Vanity Fair. The HuffPo publishes English translations of dissident Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez Generation Y blog which expose the hardship actual Cubans live with under the Castro regime, while VF reportedly just laid off a sizable number of actual media professionals. The fact they're trafficking in this seems sort of shameful.
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Penn's reps have denied that he's planning on interviewing a Castro brother, but instead is working on a piece about "how Obama's election has affected Cuba and Cuban-American relations."