Cuba Ordered to Pay $27.5 Million for Jailing Dissident Journalist

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Cuban dissident journalist Omar Rodriguez Saludes was arrested in 2003 and sentenced to 27 years in prison simply for telling the truth. Today a U.S. federal judge ordered the government and communist party of Cuba to pay $27.5 million to Rodriguez Saludes's mother.   

"During his imprisonment, he has been beaten, starved, given poor food, placed in solitary confinement, and deprived of medical treatment... I have no doubt that the acts of the Cuban government are intended to oppress those in Cuba who seek to freely voice their opinions," wrote U.S. District Judge Alan S. Gold in his ruling.

Rodriguez Saludes was director of independent news agency Nueva Prensa Cubana. As a journalist, he chronicled political opression on the communist island.

He was arrested along with 20 other journalists in 2003 during a crackdown on dissident journalists.

''They warn me that I could be jailed, that I should think of my family. But I am convinced it is my duty to inform and be informed," Rodriguez Saludes told the New York Times just months before he was jailed.

Of course, like many other recent rulings against the Castros and Cuba made in U.S. courts, collecting the money might be an uphill battle. 

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.