Cuban gov’t restores accreditations of 3 Efe journalists

Havana, Feb 21 (EFE).- Cuban authorities on Monday restored the accreditations of three Efe journalists, marking a decisive step toward the normalization of the work of Spain’s international news agency on the island.

The Cuban government’s International Press Center made that move after a meeting in Havana between its senior officials and an Efe delegation.

The Cuban authorities also pledged to process over the next few days the press visa of Efe’s new Havana bureau chief, a document that had been requested in September.

In addition, they said they will approve the credentials of the new editorial coordinator as soon as the agency provides the necessary documentation.

Once those two visas are finalized, Efe will have returned to the capacity it had at the beginning of last year, with seven active journalists (bureau chief, three reporters, two photographers and a videographer).

On Nov. 13, the Cuban authorities withdrew the accreditations of five journalists from the agency without explanation, but then restored two of them the following day.

The recovery of those credentials comes at a time of great interest in the island, which is carrying out an unprecedented popular consultation process to discuss the draft of a new Family Code, a legislative reform that among other things would allow same-sex marriage.

The country is also experiencing an economic crisis aggravated by the tightening of the decades-old US trade embargo, the Covid-19 pandemic and poor results of recent economic reforms. EFE


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