Dear Cuban Communist Youth Newspaper: Please Stop Misquoting New Times Stories

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.

Hey, Fidel, you might wanna take a break from the sex maniac routine to take a hard look at the University of Havana's journalism programs. We're beginning to get the impression your state publication's reporters are less than entirely committed to the truth.

Peruse the Juventud Rebelde that ran earlier this week, for starters.

The esteemed voice of Cuba's Union of Young Communists took up our story last summer about Gustavo Villoldo, the man who buried Che Guevara and recently won a $1 billion civil judgment against Fidel and company.

In the story, we reported on Villoldo's role planning an October 1971 raid on a small fishing village called Sama. Villoldo's team occupied the village, killed two men, and wounded two girls in the crossfire.

Juventud interviews one of those girls, Nancy Pavon, who lost her foot in the attack. Here's where they write about our piece:

In declarations to the weekly magazine Miami New Times, agent Gustavo Villoldo, who participated in the murder of Che, confesses that it was the [CIA] who ordered the attack.

Guys, did you read the story? Villoldo, indeed, worked for the CIA in Bolivia among other assignments. But what he told us is that the Sama operation was entirely planned and funded outside the agency.

It's the same twisted version of our story that Granma offered last year.

Fidel, get these guys to a journalism class, stat!

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.