Raúl Castro Ruz
La Habana, Cuba
6 October 2010
Two more journalists released, exiled to Spain
The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of Norwegian PEN is pleased to note the release of two more Cuban writers imprisoned since 2003. Librarian and activist José Miguel Martínez Hernández arrived in Madrid on 24 September 2010, while journalist and activist Miguel Galván Gutiérrez arrived the following day; both travelled to Spain with their families. With their release, a total of 18 Cuban writers have now been freed and exiled since 12 July under a deal brokered by the Catholic Church and the Spanish government. While the WiPC is pleased that these writers are no longer imprisoned, it is extremely concerned that they have been obliged to leave Cuba as a precondition of their release. It calls on the Cuban government to make their release unconditional and to allow them to return to Cuba should they so wish. It also continues to call for the immediate and unconditional release of the seven other Cuban writers, journalists and librarians still in prison for their writings.
Member of Norwegian PEN, WiPC